The Spam Diaries

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Linhardt drops the other shoe

Or the fourth shoe. Whatever. Who's counting?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how E360 had dropped their third SLAPP lawsuit against Susan Gunn, Mark Ferguson, and Kelly Chien. E360's tactic seems to be to file unwinnable but expensive nuisance lawsuits against Gunn et al, and then drop the lawsuit at the last minute, allowing them the ability to file yet again later on. The theory being, I suppose, that you can hurt your victims more by dragging them into court repeatedly than by dragging them into court once and seeing it through to the end.

At the time, I speculated as to what Linhardt had planned for the next time.

I didn't have long to wait, as within days, Linhardt slapped Gunn with yet another subpeona. At Susan's request, I've not mentioned it until now, but her lawyer has given her the go-ahead and so you may now read it in her post on usenet.

I'll let you read it for yourselves, but in a nutshell, they demand that she cough up everthing she knows and every piece of documentation she has on the inner workings of Spamhaus.

The subpeona seems to be void on jurisdictional grounds, so it's unlikely that E360 will be getting anything from Susan.

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