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Spammers to Pay $2.6 million

An Internet service provider (ISP) was recently awarded $2.6 million in restitution as the result of a lawsuit filed against a company that sent out 25,000 spam messages.

Asis Internet Services, a small ISP, filed the lawsuit against the principles of Find a Quote. Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte of the US District Court in Northern California awarded Asis $2.56 million saying that the spammers used automatic script to send messages.

“Plaintiffs have provided persuasive evidence that Heckerson engaged in conduct that warrants aggravated damages,” Laporte wrote.

The results of the lawsuit point to the power of CAN-SPAM, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act that Congress passed in 2003. It allows judgments of up to $100 for every unsolicited email and damages can triple for a number of reasons.

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