Microsoft wins $4 million spam verdict

Thursday Microsoft won a $3.95 million verdict against a California spammer. The Californian known as Daniel Khoshnood was ordered to pay by the U.S. District Court. Looks like Microsoft is making some good progress with its war with spammers.

Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday that it won an almost US$4 million verdict against a California man for trademark infringement, false advertising and "cybersquatting" stemming from an unsolicited commercial (spam) e-mail campaign to distribute a desktop toolbar program on recipients' Windows desktops.

Daniel Khoshnood of Canoga Park, Calif., was ordered to pay $3.95 million after the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found in favor of Microsoft in the civil case, which Microsoft filed in June 2003, after receiving a flood of spam on its MSN and MSN Hotmail e-mail services from Khoshnood. The e-mail messages claimed to offer a toolbar that, once installed, would automatically update recipients' Windows systems with security patches, Microsoft said in a statement.

Microsoft won a summary judgement against Khoshnood and his companies, Pointcom Inc. and Joshuathan Investments, in January. That judgement ordered Khoshnood to stop using Microsoft's trademarks and name, refrain from spamming, and pay damages to and legal fees for the Redmond, Washington software company, according to a court document.

News source: MacCentral

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