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 wasnt money that motivated him.

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

No, its 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 Im not exactly making up for my time," said Pugh, who filed the suit in small claims court in Rowan County, North Carolina. "What Id like to do is send a message to someone who may be next senator."

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