The Spam Diaries

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

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Comcast strikes back against E360

Some quick background: alleged spammer E360 has sued internet provider Comcast because of Comcast's refusal to deliver E360 spam to Comcast customers. See my March 4 entry for more information and Comcast's response.

This week, the other shoe dropped as Comcast has filed a countersuit against E360, David Linhardt, and many of its related companies (Maverick Direct Marketing, Bargain Depot, Northshore Hosting, etc.) for spamming, computer fraud, abuse of process and other violations. The full text of the lawsuit can be found at Spamsuite, and it's a doozy.

Some of the highlights:
  • Comcast states in no uncertain terms that E360 et al are spammers.
  • E360 fabricates opt-in records (¶29).
  • In 2006, Linhardt called Comcast and "fraudulently represented to a Comcast employee that all of the intended recipients of e360's email messages have opted-in to receive such messages" (¶34).
  • In 2007, Linhardt sent a letter claiming the same thing (Exhibit A).
  • Comcast offered to help them with their email practices but E360 refused, asserting that they would learn how to circumvent Comcast's filtering system through discovery (¶35)
  • After obtaining a court order preventing Spamhaus from listing them as spammers, E360 began marketing their "IP Protection Services" in which they would arrange for third-parties to be included in the court order for a fee (¶41-45, Exhibit B) [I've written about this elsewhere].
  • Virtumundo, a spammer, has purchased E360's IP Protection Services (¶46-48, Exhibit C)
  • E360 keeps filing, dropping, and re-filing lawsuits against spam-fighters. (¶49-50)
  • E360 filed its lawsuit against Comcast knowing it was without merit (¶76)
  • E360 filed the lawsuit in order to use the discovery process to learn how to circumvent Comcast's filtering system. (¶77)
Comcast asks that E360 be enjoined from sending spam, that E360 pay damages, that E360 return their illegal profits, and that E360 pay Comcast's legal costs.

What I find most interesting is Comcast's assertion in paragraph 76 that E360 filed this lawsuit in order to use the discovery process to learn how to circumvent Comcast's spam filters.

Ever since this lawsuit was filed by E360, I've been wondering what their motivation was, since they must have known they could never win. It seems that we now have at least part of the answer.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Just wantde to flag that McAfee are about to kick off an experiment next week to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first spam e-mail. 50 people world-wide will live their lives by spam...

9:57 AM  
Blogger Callas said...

I seriously dislike spam so much! I just found your blogger site and how to sue spammers. NY state doesn't have laws about spam and bulk mail, unfortunately, and I live in the NY State. I'm really pissed off because I've been constantly getting emails from Viagra which I dont need Im a girl and Im annoyed.

And you know what's worse is that there is no unsubscribe links and even if I did, they would still email me. I;m only a minor and have no true way of really wanting to sue and stuff, so I'm really clueless now.

6:47 PM  
Blogger c said...


I thought you may want to know that California is now considering a new anti-spam proposal -- AB 2950. The real negotiation will likely begin in a month or two.

I'd be interesting in chatting with you about it. Perhaps you can send me an email and we can chat about it? I suspect we know some people in common. . .


5:24 PM  

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