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Legal News
7 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] an appeal from an Internet domain owner seeking to recover $10 million in damages from an online marketer under the federal CAN-SPAN Act [text, PDF]. James Gordon had recruited his friends and relatives … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Virginia Supreme Court [official website] has struck down [opinion, PDF] as unconstitutional a state law [text] criminalizing the production of falsified, unsolicited bulk e-mail. The court on Friday vacated the conviction of prominent spammer Jeremy Jaynes, and held that the statute is substantially overbroad because it "prohibits the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] on Friday upheld the nation's first felony conviction for computer spamming, rejecting admitted spammer Jeremy Jaynes' appeal of a lower court ruling [JURIST report] that Virginia's anti-spamming statute [text] does not violate the First Amendment or the so-called dormant Commerce Clause of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled [PDF text] unanimously Monday that the warrantless search of e-mails stored on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) violates the Fourth Amendment [text], finding that e-mail users correctly maintain a reasonable expectation of privacy and rejecting the government's contention that an … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A Utah-based anti-spam technology company filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Alexandria Thursday in an effort to identify the people behind so-called "spambots" [Wikipedia backgrounder], programs that search the Internet for e-mail addresses to sell to spammers. Unspam Technologies Inc. [corporate website] operates a spam harvester-tracking Web … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Virginia [court website], the state's second-highest court, upheld the nation's first felony conviction for computer spamming on Tuesday, ruling that Virginia's anti-spamming statute [text] does not violate the First Amendment or the so-called Dormant Commerce Clause, and is not unconstitutionally vague. On appeal, admitted … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Supporters of ousted Philippines president Joseph Estrada [BBC profile] protested Wednesday outside the Manila courthouse where he is being tried for corruption, a day after the country's Supreme Court [official website] ruled 13-0 that current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's policy of breaking up unauthorized demonstrations by force as they … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] In a move officials described as a first among western democracies, the British government Tuesday unveiled plans to outlaw the possession of "extreme pornographic material," described as graphic, sexually explicit material that "contains actual scenes or realistic depictions of serious violence, bestiality or necrophilia." The ban would extend to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2005
by James Murdock

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Newsweek is reporting that the New York Stock Exchange may settle with former CEO Richard Grasso [Wikipedia profile] for $25 million. The NYSE is attempting to recoup some of the $187 million compensation package Grasso received from the NYSE when he left … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Microsoft announced a $7 million settlement [press release] Tuesday of its lawsuit against Scott Richter and his company, once one of the biggest spammers in the world. Last summer Richter's company also paid $50,000 in penalties and costs [NY AG press release; JURIST report] relating to a suit filed … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission [official website] announced Wesdnesday that five companies will pay a total of $1.16 million in fines to settle civil charges that they violated FTC anti-spam rules [FTC press release and complaints]. The companies were targeted for sending unsolicited emails advertising pornography that didn't include … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2005
by James Murdock

[JURIST] Leading Monday's securities and corporations law news, the SEC has charged three men with conning investors in a microcap [SEC backgrounder] scam. The scam involved sending faxes that were designed to look like a confidential stock tip from a financial planner to a client. In a press release, the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Judge Thomas Horne of the Virginia Loudoun County Circuit [official website] sentenced a former Internet spammer to nine years in prison Friday for violating a Virginia anti-spam law [statute text] in the first US felony prosecution for sending unsolicited bulk e-mail. Jaynes was indicted [PDF] when investigators discovered that … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Florida Attorney General's office [official website] has filed its first lawsuit under the state's new anti-spam law [statute text, PDF]. Civil suits seeking up to $24 million in fines were filed Monday [complaint text, PDF] against Scott Filary, 25, and Donald Townsend, 34, who are accused of masterminding … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [agency website] took tentative first steps in regulating Internet political activity Thursday by calling for public input on limited campaign guidelines for the medium. While commissioners expressed a reluctance to regulate online speech in any way, draft guidelines [PDF] issued by the commission suggest making … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott [official profile] has filed a federal lawsuit against Ryan Pitylak, a 22-year-old college student, and his 40-year-old business partner, Mark Trotter, who Abbott says head the world's fourth-largest spamming operation. According to allegations in the lawsuit [complaint, PDF], Pitylak and Trotter have sent hundreds … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission [official website] announced Tuesday that it has won a court order [PDF copy] directing six advertising companies to stop sending sexually explicit spam e-mails. Read the original FTC complaint [PDF copy]. The order was handed down January 3 by a federal judge in Las Vegas. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2004
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Judge Alvin Hellerstein of Manhattan federal court refused Tuesday to accept an ex-AOL employee's plea of guilty to charges of conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property, saying that he wasn't sure the man had actually committed a crime under the new federal can-spam legislation. Jason Smathers, fired by … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2004
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] A Maryland judge has struck down as unconstitutional Maryland's 2002 Commercial Electronic Mail Act [PDF], the first state law to punish senders of junk e-mail, commonly known as spam. Judge Durke G. Thompson of the Montgomery County Circuit Court dismissed a case brought against a New York e-mail distribution … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2004
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, a federal judge ruling in the Qwest investor lawsuit threw out claims against former Qwest president Afshin Mohebbi, former sales executive Gregory Casey, and some claims against the company. The claims arose from a investor lawsuit accusing the company and its executives … [read more]

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