eldavojohn writes: In 2006, anti-spam crusader Spamhaus was sued for "defamation, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and interference with existing contracts" after blocking "promotional e-mails" from e360. What with the case being in Illinois and Spamhaus being a British outfit, Spamhaus didn't bloody care. So e360 was awarded $11.7 million in damages from Spamhaus but that was thrown out in an appeals court with a request for the lower court to come up with actual damage estimates instead of the ridiculous $11.7 million (e360 had originally stated $135m, then $122m, and then $30m as sums of damages). As a result, the actual damages were estimated to be twenty-seven large. While this is a massive reduction in the fine and a little bit more realistic, I think it is important to note that Spamhaus is a service that people proactively utilize. They don't force you to use their anti-spam identification system, it's totally opt in. And now they're being fined what a foreign judge found to be "one month of additional work on behalf of the customers" to a company that they allegedly incorrectly identified as spam. Sad and scary precedent.
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