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Court’s Judgment Favors Tagged.com in a Lawsuit against Spammer

Tagged.com, the social-networking website, declared during the last week of January 2010 that following a judgment over a lawsuit it filed against Erik Vogeler, the company won $201,975. Vogeler had been charged with victimizing members of Tagged.com by dispatching spam e-mails that contained web-links directing users to a dating site.

As per the details of the lawsuit, Vogeler was found responsible for dispatching e-mails to 6,079 members of the Web site; while, the Judge also evaluated that it caused damages worth $151,975 at the rate of $25 per breach. The court, thus, ordered Vogeler to pay $50,000 as restitution for Tagged's attorney fees, while he must no longer dispatch commercial e-mails to the users of Tagged.com.

Reportedly Tagged had claimed that Vogeler's e-mails breached the federal CAN-SPAM i.e. 'Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing' act as they had "misleading and false subject lines."

According to the court documents, Tagged claimed that Vogeler performed calculated actions through his e-mails that led its visitors to become convinced that the messages were sent from other Tagged members, driven with social and personal reasons, as reported by mediapost.com on January 29, 2010.

Soon as the Judge passed his ruling in Tagged's favor, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Greg Tseng of Tagged stated that the company built Tagged.com on the principles of privacy and safety, and so it was committed to protect its members, as per the news published by Emediaworld.com published January 29, 2010. Tseng added that his company was happy with the judgment and trusted that Mr. Vogeler was rightly justified.

Ironically, as complained by a large number of customers, Tagged had been sending misleading e-mails in large numbers ever-since it was launched in 2004. Consequently, a few consumer anti-fraud advocates apparently consider it as a spamming and phishing website.

Texas and New York law enforcement agents in 2009 made Tagged pay $750,000 towards settling allegations that it carried out spurious e-mail marketing.

To add to, Greg Tseng himself was former CEO and co-founder of Jumpstart Technologies, an Internet startup incubator, who during March 2006, was found guilty of violating the CAN-SPAM Act, and was thus fined $900,000. The penalty had amounted to the biggest-ever sum for illicit junk e-mailing.

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