No easy money suing spammers

Thursday, 24 October 2002, 11:30 AM EST

When Ken Pugh sued the Elizabeth Dole for Senate campaign last month for sending him spam, it wasn’t money that motivated him.

Even if he wins, according to the North Carolina statute he’s suing under, Pugh stands to net a whopping $80. That's $10 for each of eight e-mails he received.

No, it’s the principle of the thing, says Pugh, a computer consultant from Durham, North Carolina, who is claiming that the unwanted e-mails constituted an illegal computer trespass.

"I would be happy if it was $1, because even at $80 I’m not exactly making up for my time," said Pugh, who filed the suit in small claims court in Rowan County, North Carolina. "What I’d like to do is send a message to someone who may be next senator."

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