From Business Journal:
Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it won a $711 million damage award Internet marketer Sanford Wallace for spamming its popular social networking site.
Palo Alto-based Facebook alleged that Wallace accessed its users' accounts without permission and sent them phony posts and messages after accessing their accounts.
The company announced the damages award in a post on its blog Thursday night, saying the San Jose district court judge in the case also referred Wallace to the U.S. Attorney's office for prosecution for criminal contempt of court.
Wallace did not oppose the damages motion nor appear at the hearing on Sept. 18, according to a court filing.
Facebook's General Counsel Sam O'Rourke wrote in the blog posting, "While we don't expect to receive the vast majority of the award, we hope that this will act as a continued deterrent against these criminals."
The Wallace case marks the second large anti-spam award Facebook has won in the past year. It was awarded $873 million a year ago from Adam Guerbuez and his business, Atlantis Blue Capital, who bombarded users with sexually explicit spam messages.
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