Monday, November 24, 2008

$873 Million for Facebook

Quite a judgment over a little bit of spam. Just a couple of questions, though. First off, the nerdy, lawyerly side of me wants to know how they got jurisdiction in California over a Canadian. CNET is obviously not catering to the lawyerly. It was a default judgment, which makes me wonder if the defendant thinks he can collaterally attack the judgment on jurisdictional grounds if Facebook seeks a to seize assets in another jurisdiction.

And then there's this:
Facebook doesn't expect to necessarily collect the money because "it's unlikely that Geurbez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honor the judgment rendered against them," Max Kelly, Facebook's director of security, wrote in a blog posting on Monday. "We are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users."
Someone explain to me how it's a deterrent if you're already giving up on collecting? And isn't it just possible that Geurbez knew they wouldn't and couldn't collect, so he just didn't show up?

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