Microsoft Wins $4M E-Mail Judgment

Share this content:
Microsoft won a $4 million judgment against a California man it accused of bombarding Hotmail and MSN e-mail users with unsolicited e-mail.

Judge Manuel Real of the U.S. Central District Court of California ruled July 7 that Daniel Khashnood and his company, Pointcom Inc., violated trademark law and fraud statutes by sending millions of unsolicited e-mails that impersonated Microsoft service messages.

Khashnood registered domain names like and Pointcom used unsolicited e-mail to get users to download a toolbar that would collect user information to be sold later to advertisers.

Microsoft has litigated against Khashnood since 1997 for implying he is associated with Microsoft. This case was filed in June 2003, prior to the passage of the federal CAN-SPAM Act. The company announced the verdict July 15.

The ruling orders the defendant to pay $3.9 million in damages and attorney's fees. It also orders Khashnood to refrain from infringing on Microsoft's trademarks and forfeit ownership of domain names like and

The ruling is the latest in a string of spam victories for Microsoft. It boasts winning $54 million in judgments in the 60 cases it has filed. Last month, it filed eight suits under CAN-SPAM against companies and individuals Microsoft alleges are responsible for sending hundreds of millions of unsolicited commercial e-mails to Hotmail and MSN e-mail users.


Next Article in Marketing Strategy

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

Since 1985, Melissa has helped thousands of companies clean, correct and complete contact data to better target and communicate with their customers. We offer a full spectrum of data quality solutions, including global address, phone, email, and name validation, identify verification - available for batch or real-time processes, in the Cloud or on-premise. Our service bureau provides dedupe, email/phone append and geographic/demographic append services for better targeting and insight. For direct mailers, Melissa offers easy-to-use address management/postal software, list hygiene services and 100s of specialty mailing lists - all with competitive pricing and excellent customer service.

Find out more here »

Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here

Relive the 2017 Marketing Hall of Femme

Click the image above