Judge Orders HGH Spammers To Pay $2.5 Million

Violated CAN-SPAM Act

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A federal judge has ordered Sili Neutraceuticals, LLC and Brian McDaid to pay more than $2.5 million for making false advertising claims and sending email messages that violated the FTC Act and the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act).

U.S. District Court Judge David H. Coar ordered the company doing business as Kaycon to stop misrepresenting products, including hoodia and human- growth-hormone-related (HGH) products. In August 2007, the FTC charged the defendants with CAN-SPAM violations and making false claims about hoodia weight-loss products and HGH anti-aging products.

Judge Coar found that the defendants violated the FTC Act by falsely claiming that the hoodia products cause rapid and permanent weight loss, and that the HGH products could reverse the aging process.

The violations of the CAN-SPAM Act included sending commercial emails that had misleading subject headings and did not offer a way to opt of receiving the spam from the sender. In addition the sender did not have a functioning return email address or a valid physical postal address. The FTC complaint says the spam brought traffic to the defendants Web sites, which sold the products.

Judge Orders HGH Spammers To Pay $2.5 Million
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    That is the one thing I can get behind, spam emails. They definitly need to have more indepth laws.

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    I hope to see more of this. Spammers should be accountable for their actions. Even though this ruling only touches a small tip of the iceberg, it is nice to see courts coming down hard on spam. I think if the penalties are stiff enough, then it will become tougher and tougher for spammers.

    There needs to be an instant reporting mechanism in mail that allows users to flag mail as spam, and there needs to be more accountability in other countries, since mcuh of the spam originates there.

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