On Friday, with little fanfare, and even less press coverage, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senator Kevin Murray’s SB 1457 into law.
A shadow of its former self, SB 1457 still provides spam recipients with something which they haven’t had for some time: a private right of action. SB 1457 provides that an ISP, the Attorney General, or an individual recipient, may sue a sender for sending email either from California or to a California email address, where the email has false, forged, or misleading headers.
The new law provides statutory damages of up to $1,000 per email.
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