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Friday, January 06, 2006
  Why not make it a kajillion bucks instead?! I am for fining spammers out of existence. However absurd judgments like this trivialize the impact.

Wired News: Spammer Must Pay $11.2 Billion: "An Midwest internet service provider was awarded an $11.2 billion judgment against a Florida man for sending millions of unsolicited e-mails advertising mortgage and debt consolidation services.

The lawsuit, filed in 2003 by Iowa's CIS Internet Services, also prompted earlier judgments against companies in Florida and Arizona worth more than $1 billion.

'This ruling sets a new standard,' said CIS owner Robert Kramer III. 'Gross abusers of e-mail risk exposure to public ridicule as well as the economic death penalty.'

The most recent judgment was issued Dec. 23 against James McCalla of Florida, who is also barred from accessing the internet for three years.

The lawsuit claimed that McCalla sent more than 280 million illegal spam e-mails into CIS's network, which provides internet connections in Eastern Iowa and parts of Illinois."
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