A federal jury decided Thursday that a Maryland businessman who sued spammers for clogging his inbox is not a bona fide internet service provider, according to a story in the Washington Post. He sought more than $12 million from Kraft Foods under Maryland’s anti-spam law.
Required to Be an ISP?
Defendants claim the Plaintiff runs his email business mainly to attract spammers so he can turn around and sue them, in this case for $1,000 per email.
The judge has now requested that both sides brief the issue of whether or not the law requires that the plaintiff be a bona fide service provider. So, this case might be an important one in determining who can sue under other anti-spam laws.