engine - 11:59 am on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
Facebook Files Lawsuits Over Spam [facebook.com]
This week, in a U.S. federal court in San Jose, California, we filed three lawsuits alleging violations of our terms and applicable law by defendants attempting to trick people on Facebook into signing up for mobile subscriptions and sending spam to their friends.
In three separate complaints, we allege that Steven Richter, Jason Swan, and Max Bounty, Inc. used Facebook to offer enticing, but non-existent products and services. According to our complaints, the defendants, among other things, represented that in order to qualify for certain fake or deceptive offers, people had to spam their friends, sign up for automatic mobile phone subscription services, or provide other information. We claim that by doing this, they violated the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited #*$!ography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), and other state and federal laws.
This isnít the first time weíve taken spammers to court. In fact, Facebook holds the record for the two largest judgments in the history of the CAN-SPAM Act - an $873 million judgment against Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital and a $711 million judgment against Sanford Wallace. In another important victory, a court in Montreal, Canada, where Guerbuez is based, recently ruled that the U.S. courtís judgment against him could be enforced in Canada. Our efforts are even mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.