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Quebec spammer must pay Facebook $1 billion

In Canada on October 5, 2010 at 17:46

A Quebec man has been ordered forced to pay Facebook more than $1 billion in fines for spamming.

The Quebec Superior Court issued a judgment last week upholding a ruling in a California court that ordered Montrealer Adam Guerbuez to pay the social network site.

The judgment, rendered in absentia, fined Guerbuez $100 U.S. in damages and an additional $100 U.S. in punitive damages for each of the 4,366,386 spam messages that Facebook said he posted on users’ walls in 2008. The fines amount to $873,277,200 U.S., which were converted to $1,068,928,721,46, in Canadian funds, according to the exchange at the time of the judgment.

The emails promoted medication to treat erectile dysfunction, among other ailments.

Guerbuez did not contest the charges, and offered no defence. He appealed the ruling to Quebec because his lawyers believed the damage claim was "disproportionate."

However, Justice Lucie Fournier sided with the California court, and forbade Guerbuez from having a Facebook account or being involved in any way with the social-networking site.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

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