Today, United States District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel awarded Facebook $711,237,650 in damages against Sanford Wallace, one of the world's most notorious spammers, commonly known as the "Spam King." Earlier this year, Wallace engaged in a sophisticated spamming and phishing campaign against Facebook users.
In addition to the award of damages, Judge Fogel permanently enjoined Wallace and his agents, employees or others acting in concert with Wallace from accessing Facebook's website or sending spam to Facebook's users.
The Order is also noteworthy in that Judge Fogel stated that he was "convinced that Wallace willfully violated the [temporary restraining order] and preliminary injunction issued in this case, and for that reason referred the matter to the United States Attorney's Office with a request that Wallace be prosecuted for criminal contempt." Taken together these three actions by the Court send a strong message to Wallace and others that there will be severe consequences for spamming on Facebook.
Perkins Coie is pleased to have been able to help Facebook achieve this important victory in its continued effort to combat spam and abuse of its services.
To read a copy of the Court's Order Granting Facebook's Motion for Default Judgment, click here.
To read a copy of the Court's Default Judgment, click here.