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Category: Legal
Updated: 2015-06-15
Statement Ref: S02

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In April 2003, Mark Edward Felstein, the personal lawyer of Florida 'spam king' Eddy Marin, set up an "Association of Anonymous Direct Email Marketers" (i.e: an Association of Spammers) called "EMarketersAmerica" and filed a lawsuit in a Florida court against Spamhaus in the United Kingdom, and others, in an attempt to force Spamhaus to stop blocking the anonymous spammers' spam. (really you couldn't make this up if you tried)

The Plaintiffs attempted through fraudulent claims to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order to stop Spamhaus blocking the Plaintiff's spam. The Temporary Restraining Order was denied.*

Spamhaus then indicated it was preparing to file discovery on EMarketersAmerica to identify the anonymous spammers behind it. Faster than the speed of sound EMarketersAmerica filed a plea with the court to dismiss their own lawsuit, and bolted, never to be heard of again. The case was dismissed "With Prejudice" by the Florida Court, the Plaintiffs barred from ever attempting a similar lawsuit against Spamhaus again.

* Temporary Restraining Orders issued by U.S. courts against The Spamhaus Project, a British organization with no U.S. ties, are never recognized by Spamhaus.

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