Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Spammers Sue Anti-Spammers

from the hopefully,-this-will-backfire dept

The spammers are getting cocky. A group of Florida-based spammers have banded together to sue anti-spam organizations for blocking their spam. They're seeking an injunction and $75 million in "damages" from all that business they lost from people who didn't get their spam. The anti-spammers named say this is just a plan to make them waste their time and money, since there's almost no way the spammers can win. Of course, I'm wondering if this lawsuit can be turned around. Clearly, in building blocklists, the anti-spam organizations have done nothing illegal. But, by starting a lawsuit, the anti-spammers can counter-sue, and put the spammers on trial, while getting all sorts of additional information about their practices during the discovery phase.

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    uncleFester, 23 Apr 2003 @ 2:36pm

    loser pays?

    Isn't this the case where a facetious lawsuit could cost the plaintiff if they lose? If so, bring it on! I'd hope they would lose the case (though the number of silly lawsuits winning awards leaves some small fear this could actually be won... )

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