In an exclusive story, the Internet Patrol has learned that the New York State Attorney General has reached a settlement with Spam King Scott Richter.
Under the terms of the settlement Richter must pay $40,000 in damages, as well as $10,000 in investigative fees. In addition, all of Richter’s email must comply with the Federal CAN-SPAM law; they must retain and provide to the Attorney General detailed customer information, purchase records, copies of any advertisements they send, and all complaints they receive; they are prohibited from using false identifying information when registering a domain name; and Richter must advise the NY AG if there is any change in their business structure.
“The most complex aspect of spam investigations is efficiently identifying and locating those responsible,” said New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. This agreement will allow us a measure of transparency into the practices of one of the biggest distributors of commercial emails in the world.”
Said Richter “Optin has been in compliance with the requirements of the Can Spam Act of 2003 before it was enacted. Our company adheres to all Federal and state statutes that pertain to email advertising, and we will continue to do so. ”
The lawsuit originally demanded $20million in damages from Richter, and the New York AG had sworn to bankrupt Richter and his operation. $50,000 is a far cry from bankrupting the Spam King, whose spam revenue has been estimated at several million, but still, one supposes that it is a step in the right direction. Maybe.
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