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An internet service provider that has brought more than 20 lawsuits alleging spam abuses has been ordered to pay one of the defendants almost $807,000 for filing "groundless claims" that mired the company in years of costly litigation. The $806,978.84 judgment was filed against Asis Internet Services, the same tiny ISP that …


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  1. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Not opportunists

    These companies are not opportunists, other ISPs are simply not collecting money they are allowed under the law to collect. The FTC does not do it's job of pursuing spammers at any realistic rate, so a few ISPs make it a point to do so. Spammers, guess what! If you don't spam, they will not sue you!

    As for this judgement, it's a shame, but really if no information turns up they should have given it up and let that one get away far earlier.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Something in the air?

    For those unfamiliar with the area, Garberville is in the heart of the Northern California pot-growing area.

    Coincidence, or one too many business-plan meeting in a smoke-filled room?

    Now which pocket did I put that box of Cracker-Jacks in?

  3. John Savard

    Double Standard?

    Obviously, if someone is innocent of any crime, then they should not have to pay one cent out of their own pocket if, as a result of being accused of a crime, they need to hire a lawyer. So I fail to see how the standard being requested could be granted. Of course, the big problem is that the $2 million they won in another suit likely will never be seen, while the $300,000 awarded here really will have to get paid.

    1. heyrick Silver badge


      The way I see it, a person innocent of a crime should (in an ideal world) end up "not losing". However reaching the point of judgement and being found innocent can tie up staff and time and resources and unforgivable amounts in legal fees. They might get some or all of these expenses back, but until this point, they needed to cough up.

  4. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    You've got to respect the innovative business mind behind "".

    He said sarcastically. Are they allowed to do that?

  5. Quxy

    This is really too bad

    Azoogle (aka Epic Advertising) is a well-known pain in the collective arse of the ISP community It's sad that Alex "Teflon" Zhardanovsky managed to weasel out of this one at the expense of a small ISP.

    Zhardanovsky is no stranger to SPAM litigation: I recall that in pre-trial discovery in the infamous "Get a "Free" Plasma TV" spam case a few years ago, Azoogle admitted to hiring the Ralsky spam gang to sent out the spam.

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