Canadian Spammer Who Ignored US Judgment Discovers Canadian Courts Are Willing To Uphold US Rulings

from the spam-spam-spam-spam dept

Earlier this year, we wrote about how Canadian spammer Adam Guerbuez had lost a lawsuit in the US brought by Facebook, alleging he spammed millions of accounts. He didn't just ignore the ruling; he gleefully mocked it on his own blog, playing up the huge amount ($873 million) the court awarded Facebook and referring to himself as the "$873 million man." Apparently, he didn't count on the news that a Canadian court would uphold the ruling and order him to pay. With some additional damages and the Canadian exchange rate, he apparently owes Facebook $1,068,928,721.46. I'm going to assume that this is more than he has -- though, I would imagine all of the photos on his blog highlighting himself living the good life probably won't help. In fact, now he's claiming that he's declared bankruptcy, so he's still not planning on paying. Again, all those photos on the site... might not look so good in bankruptcy court. That said, a billion dollar fine is a ridiculous amount for spam, no matter how annoying you believe spam might be.

Filed Under: adam guerbuez, canada, spam
Companies: facebook

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    Rich Kulawiec, 6 Oct 2010 @ 7:33am

    The award amount is actually comparatively small

    Consider that 47 U.S.C. 227(a)(4), which deals with junk faxes, stipulates a penalty of $500/fax and notes that willful/knowing violation may triple that amount. (I trust that in this particular case, it's blindingly obvious that the messages were sent willfully and knowingly.)

    So I think $1500 per individual spam message is far more reasonable than the mere $100 he was assessed.

    But of course the debate over the amount is entirely academic. He will evade collection, or will settle for a token sum, dissolve his business and/or declare bankruptcy, then relocate, reform and restart it in another location and/or under another name and get right back to work. It's far, far too profitable for anyone to stop...which is why, as I've pointed out before, there is no such thing as an "ex-spammer".

    I also trust that everyone is cognizant of the irony of Facebook going after a spammer.

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