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Dec 17th, 2002, 02:53 AM
AOL Wins $7 Million From Spammers

Ruling in four-year-old case expected to put porn-site spammer out of business.

Todd R. Weiss, Computerworld
Monday, December 16, 2002

A junk e-mail business that had targeted members of America Online has been ordered by a Virginia court to pay AOL almost $7 million and to stop sending spam to AOL members.

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District in Virginia entered the decision against spammer CN Productions in a case filed in 1998, AOL said Monday.

The court's ruling "broadened the scope of a prior injunction to effectively put an international spam ring out of operation," according to an AOL statement. The spam ring had allegedly targeted AOL members with unwanted e-mail advertising adult Web sites.

New Statute Applies
This is the first case in which statutory damages have been awarded under an amended Virginia antispam statute that provides fines of $25,000 for each day spam is sent, according to AOL.

It was also the largest award received by AOL in the company's ongoing efforts to fight spam sent to its members, the company said.

"This is an important legal victory in the fight against spam, and it sends a clear, distinct message to spammers: AOL is prepared to use all of the legal and technological tools available to shut down spammers who inundate the mailboxes of AOL members with unwanted and often offensive junk e-mail," said Randall Boe, vice president and general counsel of AOL, in a statement.

Earlier Efforts
AOL had previously won a monetary judgment against CN Productions, formerly of Rockford, Illinois, in a 1999 lawsuit. In that case, AOL obtained an injunction permanently barring the company and its president, Jay Nelson, from sending any spam to AOL members. Two years later, AOL asked the court to hold the defendants in contempt, alleging that they had violated the injunction by continuing to send spam to AOL members.

In its complaint, AOL alleged that CN Productions and its conspirators had transmitted more than 1 billion junk e-mail messages to its members.

Dec 17th, 2002, 07:22 AM

Dec 17th, 2002, 08:21 AM
Ive also been receiving such f@#ked up emails. They really get annoying after a while. :fiery: Im definitely not interested in viagra and other crap. :p :mad: :eek:

Dec 17th, 2002, 11:30 AM

Dec 17th, 2002, 01:07 PM
Hotmail is ten times worse... My aol does not get much junk, but Im never in chat rooms and when I was in chat rooms, Id get tons of junk...not sure if that has changed

Dec 17th, 2002, 02:44 PM
Maybe this ruling will send a message to get rid of spam.