California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed what is believed to be the first joint lawsuit uniting a state attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission against a common enemy – in this case notorious California spammers Rick Yang and Peonie Pui Ting Chen, and their Optin Global, Inc. and Vision Media Limited Corp..
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The action by Lockyer and the FTC against Yang, Chen, Optin Global and Vision Media was brought under the Federal CAN-SPAM act, and alleges that Yang and Chen violated CAN-SPAM when they sent millions of spam emails with fraudulent header information, and lacking sufficient identifying and opt-out information.
The Federal court action filed today includes a request for a TRO (temporary restraining order), ordering Yang and Chen to cease their spamming activiites. The Federal judge on the case, Judge Samuel Conti, could rule on the TRO request as early as today.
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