Atlanta-based EarthLink has been active in its legal efforts to halt unsolicited e-mail; the company recently won a settlement against the so-called Alabama Spammers, for example.
The two men were charged with masterminding a "massive scheme of theft, spamming and spoofing." But they've agreed not to send any more unsolicited e-mail.
In the lawsuits, EarthLink is seeking unspecified financial damages and asking the courts to prevent the accused parties from spamming consumers in the future.
"EarthLink is committed to protecting the Internet," Larry Slovensky, assistant general counsel for EarthLink, said in a statement. "We will continue to pursue litigation, technical solutions, consumer education and legislative support to help ensure the quality of the Internet experience for all users."
The violations highlighted in the four suits read like a laundry list of the activities outlawed by Can-Spam. Among the acts listed in the suits are the usage of spoofed e-mail addresses, failure to include physical addresses in e-mails, use of deceptive subject lines, employment of false and misleading header information, failure to provide an opt-out feature, failure to properly identify e-mail senders, and use of automated programs to generate e-mail addresses.
In its case against Gregory Lars Alsing of Elk Grove, Calif., and Impression Media, in Las Vegas, the ISP has charged the defendants with generating hundreds of thousands of fraudulent e-mails during 2004 that marketed cable descramblers and fraudulent college diplomas. In addition, the lawsuit charges the defendants with using so-called "text randomizers" to insert long strings of gibberish into messages in order to circumvent EarthLink's spam filters.
The company's suit against Craig Brockwell of Miami, and BC Alliance, of Sunrise, Fla., alleges that the defendants sent hundreds of thousands of deceptive e-mails advertising discount inkjet printer cartridges and other printer supplies.
Another claim--against Christina Reese, Angela Nickerson, a company known as YamboCS, and a collection of unnamed parties, all based in Redmond, Wash.--charges the defendants with creating tens of thousands of fraudulent and deceptive e-mails advertising pornographic Web sites.
The fourth lawsuit, against Peter Moshou of Auburndale, Fla., and other unnamed individuals, levels charges of generating large volumes of e-mail during 2004 and early 2005 that solicited personal information by offering brokerage services for people interested in selling time-share properties.
None of the defendants were immediately available for comment.
EarthLink has unleashed what may be the most visible attack on spammers by any ISP, winning what it claims are multimillion-dollar judgments in several cases, including a $16.4 million judgment and settlement against Howard Carmack, once known as the "Buffalo Spammer."