British Man Successfully Sues Spammer

It what is believed to be the first successful suit to seek damages against a spammer for sending junk mail, a British man has won monetary compensation for his troubles. The suits are allowed under new European laws that allow junk e-mailers to be sued for sending unwanted e-mails.

Nigel Roberts of the Channel Islands, a group of British-controlled isles off the north coast of France, sued Media Logistics UK, which is based in Stirlingshire, England. The company has agreed to pay Roberts 270 pounds (USD $465) to settle the case.


Roberts, who owns an Internet business, began receiving e-mails promoting a contract car services and a fax broadcasting business. Tired of receiving the unwanted mail, Roberts took action under the relatively new anti-spam statute.

Media Logistics acknowledged the claim and did not contest it, allowing the judge to rule in favor of Roberts. By keeping his suit under 300 pounds, the case was allowed to be decided in British small claims court.

"This may be a tiny victory but perhaps now spammers will begin to realise that people don't have to put up with their e-mail inboxes being filled with unwanted junk," Roberts told the BBC.

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