MySpace Wins An Uncollectable $234 Million Award In Spam Case

from the sending-a-message? dept

Last month, we wrote about how MySpace had won its case against Sanford “Spamford” Wallace — the infamous 1990s “Spam King” who (despite losing many court battles and owing millions in fines) simply can’t seem to give up his obsession with scammy marketing techniques. The win was a default judgment, mainly because Wallace simply disappeared and stopped responding to court requests. Today, a judge ruled on the punishment, officially awarding MySpace $234 million from Wallace and his associate Walter Rines. Given Wallace’s disappearing act (which he’s done in the past as well) it’s unlikely that MySpace will ever see a dime of the money, but that hasn’t stopped the company from touting this as the largest ever award under CAN SPAM. Amusingly, the extremely short court ruling also bars Wallace from setting up any new MySpace profiles. It doesn’t say anything about Facebook, though, so perhaps that’s where we’ll see him next…

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Evil Mike (profile) says:

Re: Can't one be arrested

“Can’t one be arrested and imprisoned for unpaid fines?

Next time he shows up, throw him in jail and keep him there for unpaid fines.”

What a terrible concept.

One could jail anybody for anything; simply by making sure they get more fines than they’ll ever be able to pay and then getting them jailed for not paying them.

[SARCASM]That’s not a step towards being able to totally control your population… not at all.[/SARCASM]

Thom says:


Since MySpace knows the debt is uncollectable they need to write it off and notify the IRS that Spamford and partner profitted by that amount before the pair have a chance to file for bankruptcy and discharge the debt. Spamford can’t hide forever and tax evasion can put him in prison unlike failure to pay that judgement to MySpace.

Rich Kulawiec says:

One again, proving the maxim that...

…there is no such as an ex-spammer. Not so far, at least: there are zero recorded cases.

A quibble with the description, though: what Spamford does isn’t “scammy marketing techniques”; it’s abuse. It’s merely clothed in marketing in order to persuade the gullible and naive that it has some legitimate basis.

Here’s an analogy, which I’ve often use to counter the misleading, vacuous “free speech” arguments made by spam-supporting parasites: if I print out the Bill of Rights, wrap it around a brick, and throw it through your living room window, that’s not free speech: that’s vandalism. Or if I show up in front of your house with a 50,000-watt PA and proceed to read the Bill of Rights out loud at 3 AM, that’s not free speech: it’s disturbing the peace. Similarly, what Spamford and Rines and all the other spammers, scammers, phishers, spyware installers, etc. do isn’t marketing: it’s abuse. The “marketing”, if any, is incidental and irrelevant.

Bubba says:

“Next time he shows up, throw him in jail and keep him there for unpaid fines.”

What a terrible concept.”

No, just do nothing and let him continue to amass wealth by being a scumbag.(sarcasm) It is not just a case of not paying fines, he is so arrogant he is now refusing to even show up in court. And yes (not so)Evil Mike, if you amass wealth by harassing or scamming people you should be tossed in jail when you choose to disappear to avoid penalties.

Patrick Jones says:

Kettle, Pot, Pot, Kettle

This is very funny coming from myspace considering their humble spam and junk mail beginnings.

Yeah, they are hypocrites considering they themselves went over to to spam the users all to get the users to come over to

The sources are out there if you want to go find them.

allen says:

Major blow for spammers

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