$11 billion is a lot of pills and patches

An ISP in Clinton, Iowa just won an $11B judgement against some Florida spammers. That is a lot of pills and patches…too many.

I like the idea of “breaking the bank” of spammers, but I find this number a bit “irresponsible.” First, it is never going to get collected. Second, the enormity of the number is going to entice small ISPs everywhere to clog up the legal system looking for their take (think Mark Mumma, who we haven’t heard much from lately). A whole new legal practice industry is about to explode around spam lawsuits – I bet the keywords “spam+lawsuit” is already rising in price over at Google Adwords.

A number like $11 MILLION might have been more appropriate. At least it wouldn’t have attracted the soon to be unwanted attention.