California Judge Awards $7,000 in Spam Trial

A judge has awarded a San Francisco attorney $7,000 in damages in a rare trial under California's anti-spam law -- $1,000 for each unsolicited, misleading commercial e-mail he received. Daniel Balsam, who started suing spammers even before he graduated from law school in 2008, filed suit against Trancos Inc., a Redwood City advertising company, over a series of ads that showed up in his personal e-mail in-box in 2007.