If there is a way to make money, then there will also be someone out there to find a way to go after those making money, or a way to exploit it for themselves. That’s exactly what Daniel Balsam of DanHatesSpam.com is doing. Many years ago, Daniel was a marketer, but then after receiving so many spam emails, he had enough. Dan quit his career in marketing, then went to law school to take on his spamming arch enemies. His new job and profession would be to take on the spammers, and make a full time income out of it.
How much money has Daniel made in his new profession, in excess of $1 million in court judgments and lawsuits so far. The majority of these cases are settled out of court, as it would usually cost the company more in legal fees and court cases costs. While Dan may be making a decent amount of money, at the same time he’s building a nice long list of enemies and companies who are making moves to sue him back.
Who is Daniel suing and what for? Many of the names you will be familiar with… such as Adult Friend Finder, Tagged.com, Trancos, Inc. and even ValueClick. A judgement in November for $4,000 was awarded to Daniel, which was against Various Inc, the social media company that controls AdultFriendFinder.com.
You might be thinking, $4,000 doesn’t sound like a lot, but Daniel says he has more than 40 small claims victories and several more in higher courts. Most of these cases are based on the charge of “misleading through advertising”. Even more crazy is that Daniel has now won cases against Various Inc on four different occasions.
The list of companies Balsam is after goes on and on… and some companies are fighting back, saying Balsam has over 100 different emails which are trying to trap companies, and is being sued by ValueClick inc for allegedly breaking terms and agreements of their settlement.
No matter if you side with Dan or the companies which are counter suing him, it makes for an interesting story, but also lets you know that these types of spam lawsuits are going on and many are being won and settled out of court. You can read the full story at MyWayNews.