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Tuesday, February 04, 2003

$50,000 In Your Trash Folder

California Senator Deborah Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) has introduced legislation intended to put more bite in the state's anti-spam laws. Included in SB 12:
This bill would authorize the recipient of a commercial e-mail advertisement transmitted in violation of any of these provisions to bring an action to recover the greater of actual damages or $500 per individual violation, and reasonable costs and attorney's fees. The bill would authorize the court to increase the award to up to triple this amount if the violation was willful or knowing.
Says Senator Bowen, "Contrary to the wisdom of Monty Python, not all kinds of spam go good with eggs." The bill seeks to govern unsolicited commercial email advertisements sent from California or to a California email address. Want to help? Take Senator Bowen's spam survey.

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