4 November 2009

Facebook wins lawsuit against infamous spammer

Facebook brought suit against Sanford Wallace, a notorious online marketer and spammer, claiming that Wallace and his affiliates created Facebook accounts through which they established a phishing scheme in November 2008.

The suit was based on the so called CAN-SPAM Act (‘‘Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003’’) and Facebook claimed cited 14 million violations to that law and $7.5 billion in damages.

Last week, Facebook eventually prevailed and was awarded damages upwards of $700 million in the District Court in San Jose, California.

Though Facebook may never receive the entire $700 million award, considering Wallace filed bankruptcy, the verdict sends a strong messages to spammers and would-be spammers to stay off social networks.

Comments (2)

  1. 25 March 2011

    […] minor statutory obligations. Nevertheless, the CAN-SPAM Act helped hunting down some villains as  Sanford Wallace. Although the European Union provided for more rigid rules in its E-Commerce (2000/31/EC) and […]

  2. 6 August 2011

    […] remembers Sanford […]

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