Korrd - 7:47 pm on Mar 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'd like to see the actual ruling and basis for it, though since it's a jury trial that might be a little hard to decipher. If I were the prosecutor, I would have gone for a jury trial too. Slam dunk.
First, this was a civil case, not criminal, so no prosecutor but rather an attorney for the plaintiff.
Second, you're right to be suspicious of the plaintiff's PR spin and regurgitating blogs. I haven't been able to find the final judgment but the text of a previous ruling in this case indicates it's about a lot more than simple SEO and hosting. It looks as if 1) the SEO company failed to defend against the claims, and 2) the SEO company had much more involvement than indicated in the form of having supplied CopyCatClubs.com owner's business model and hooking them up with their backend fullfillment dropshippers.
The jury probably got it right in terms of how far simple justice and the apportionment of damages goes.