New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has reached an agreement in principle with Web marketer Intermix Media Inc. in which the company has agreed to pay $7.5 million over three years to settle accusations that Intermix surreptitiously installed software on computers.
Spitzer spokesman Brad Maione said a final agreement was two to three weeks away and must be approved by the court. But under the tentative agreement, Intermix would agree to cease ad-related downloads.
Spitzer filed the civil suit in April in a campaign against the fraudulent or nuisance-filled applications that he has said hurt Internet commerce.