The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Thursday, January 04, 2007

How to sue a spammer

Hi everybody; have a nice holiday season? I know I did. I have a lot of catching up to do, so watch this space.

It's starting to look like 2007 might be the year to sue a spammer. Sadly, no all-purpose "how-to" documents exist that I know of, but expect to find some soon. In the meantime, here are a few places to look for hints and tips:
InfoWorld: Sue a spammer today
Links to useful resources and success stories.

Zen and the art of small claims
Richard Scott's success story.
Mark Mumma's web page documenting his various lawsuits against spammers (and one spammer's lawsuit against him.) Includes an excellent clickable map that helps you find anti-spam laws in your state.
An excellent reference source to anti-spam laws, classified by country and state.

The Purple Cow: How I Sued A Spammer in Oregon from Virginia

The Register: How to sue a British spammer
The story of Nigel Roberts's succesful lawsuit against marketing firm Media Logistics.
More resources.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken Hirschman from Goodmail is holding a session on "Successful Templates for Prosecuting Spammers in Civil and Criminal Actions" at the next MAAWG session in San Francisco (

* presentations by perhaps ELNK, MSFT and AOL (OTHERS?) for showing the template they use when going after spammers in civil and criminal pursuits
* concrete examples, not just high-level
* how to convince your lawyers that enforcement is worth the effort

-Dennis Dayman

10:29 AM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

Sadly, that session is members-only. Unless some member corporation wants to sponsor me...?

4:10 PM  

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