Summary:

A judge in Iowa awarded an ISP $1 billion in a lawsuit against several companies that used the ISP to send millions of spam emails.  Believed to be the biggest award ever in an anti-spam lawsuit, it is unlikely the award will ever be collected.  Iowa […]

A judge in Iowa awarded an ISP $1 billion in a lawsuit against several companies that used the ISP to send millions of spam emails.  Believed to be the biggest award ever in an anti-spam lawsuit, it is unlikely the award will ever be collected.  Iowa law allows damages of $10 per spam email which resulted in the large award.  The judge found several spam companies liable for damages for using the ISP resources to send the spam, which is illegal under a law in Iowa.  Most likely the spammers will just fold up shop and rematerialize somewhere else, if they haven’t already.

(via eweek)

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