Internet provider sues Kraft for alleged e-mail coffee spam

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FOSTER CITY, CALIF. — Hypertouch, Inc., a small California-based Internet service provider, this week filed a federal lawsuit against Kraft Foods, Inc. and its subsidiary Victor Th. Engwall & Co. for alleged violations of federal and California anti-spam e-mail laws, lawyers for Hypertouch said in a release.

The complaint, which alleges the use of illegal spam to advertise Gevalia coffee, demands a jury trial and seeks statutory and liquidated damages that could exceed $11.7 million.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District in San Francisco, claims the companies flooded Hypertouch customers with more than 8,500 unsolicited and unwanted e-mail advertisements for Gevalia. The suit alleges that the defendants and/or their agents sent spam e-mail advertisements with fraudulent and misleading headers, often to randomly generated and harvested e-mail addresses.

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