Spammers ordered to pay tiny ISP whopping $2.6m

Spammers ordered to pay tiny ISP whopping $2.6m
Spammers ordered to pay tiny ISP whopping $2.6m 

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco 
The Register
6th May 2010

A small internet service provider has been awarded nearly $2.6m in a 
lawsuit it filed against a company that sent just under 25,000 spam 
messages over an 18-month period.

Although it's questionable whether Asis Internet Services will ever see 
a penny of that windfall, the judgment is testament to the awesome power 
of CAN-SPAM, short for the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited 
Pornography and Marketing Act, which was passed by Congress in 2003. It 
allows judgments of as much as $100 for every unsolicited email, and 
damages can be tripled for a variety of reasons.

The judgment was awarded by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte of the 
US District Court in Northern California. It comes in a case filed 
against the principals of a business called Find a Quote. A 
four-employee ISP in Garberville, California, Asis said it receives 
about 200,000 junk messages per day and spends about $3,000 per month to 
process them.

Laporte calculated that the ISP was entitled to damages of $865,340, but 
went on to triple the amount, to 2.596m, because, she said, the Find a 
Quote spammers, including defendant Edward Heckerson, had employed 
automatic scripts to send their messages.


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