Sanford ‘Spamford’ Wallace must have known he had no chance at winning because he never showed up to defend himself in the lawsuit MySpace brought against him in California court. The social networking site won a judgment of $230 million dollars against Wallace for hundreds of thousands of spam messages he sent on MySpace.
A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against a notorious “Spam King,” Sanford Wallace, and his partner, Walter Rines, after the two failed to show up at a court hearing, MySpace told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Wallace earned the monikers “Spam King” and “Spamford” as head of a company that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails a day in the 1990s.
Why was the verdict so high?
Under the 2003 federal anti-spam law known as CAN-SPAM, each violation entitles MySpace to $100 in damages, tripled when conducted “willfully and knowingly.”
Now if I could only collect $100 bucks for every spam email I receive in my inbox. I can guarantee you I need the money more than MySpace.
Spamming can’t pay that good. Surely there is no way that Samford could ever come close to paying this judgment off. I guess he has as good a shot as O.J. Simpson has at paying off the judgment against him.