Yes, that's with a B. Spammer James McCalla has been fined $11.2 billion dollars. A Clinton, Iowa based ISP, CIS Internet Services, was awarded the judgement for 280 million spam email's that were sent out by James McCalla with their return address attached.
The firm, CIS Internet Services, won $11.2 billion from James McCalla, from Florida, who was found to have sent millions of unsolicited e-mails advertising mortgage and debt consolidation services through the ISP's network.
Prosecutors argued that under state law in effect at the time, CIS was entitled to $10 per illegal e-mail.
The Iowa court was told the defendants "falsely and illegally" represented that their e-mails originated from the CIS domain The e-mails used the cis.net as a return address to disguise the source of the e-mails to avoid complaints.
The company admits that they'll probably never see any of the money, but that's a hell of a message to send to these evil spammers!
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