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By Associated Press
December 18, 2004

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has awarded a Clinton Internet service provider over $1 billion in a lawsuit against companies that used the service provider's equipment to send spam, the Quad-Cities Times reported Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT
It's believed to be one of the largest judgments against companies accused of sending junk e-mails.

U.S. District Judge Charles Wolle ruled Friday that Robert Kramer's business, CIS Internet Services, was harmed by the unsolicited e-mails.

"It's definitely a victory for all of us that open up our e-mail and find lewd and malicious and fraudulent e-mail in our boxes every day,'' Kramer said.

Kramer is unlikely to ever collect the large judgment, which was made possible through an Iowa law that allows plaintiffs to claim damages of $10 per spam message, said his attorney, Kelly O. Wallace of Atlanta.

"We hope to recover at least his costs,'' Wallace said.

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