A Queens-based group that markets apricot seeds as a cancer cure over the Internet has been hit with more than $600,000 in damages for clogging the computer systems of America Online Inc. with the transmission of millions of the unsolicited e-mail messages known as “spam.”
Southern District Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman, in a recommendation stemming from a default judgment entered against the group, the Christian Brothers, and its president, Jason Vale, ruled that AOL was entitled to recover for unjust enrichment, since Christian Brothers unlawfully used the AOL mark and misappropriated services that otherwise could have been sold to advertisers.
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