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January 26, 2006

Christopher Smith owes AOL $.0049 per spam

Looks like the 1.13 billion spams that Christopher Smith sent to AOL members over a six-month period at the start of 2003 are going to cost him dearly.

$5,612,059.36 to be exact. ($5,325,000.00 in statutory damages, plus AOL's attorney’s fees
and costs of $287,059.36.)

A judge in Virginia issued the judgment against Smith on Tuesday. (AP coverage here.) Maybe Rizler will take consolation in the fact that he's only being dinged for about half a cent per spam?

Meanwhile, Smith awaits trial in the federal case over his Internet drug business.

His legal team is going to need some help. Smith's lawyer has just been indicted and now becomes a co-defendant in the case. Daniel Spivey Adkins allegedly helped Smith hide assets and procure narcotics for Xpress Pharmacy Direct. Adkins was arraigned Wednesday and released on a $25,000 bond.

The trial is set for October.

Posted by brian at January 26, 2006 11:26 PM

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