Commission approval of amended complaint: The Commission has approved the filing of an amended complaint in its pending federal court action against Married But Lonely/Brian D. Westby. The Commission’s original complaint, announced on April 17, 2003, alleged that Westby, based near St. Louis, Missouri, sent consumers sexually explicit spam with deceptive subject lines that disguised the content. The amended complaint, which is available on the FTC’s Web site as a link to this press release, adds as defendants a Dutch citizen, Martijn P. Bevelander, and two Dutch companies, Maps Holding B.V. and PB Planning & Services B.V. The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the amended complaint was 4-0-1, with Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour not participating. (FTC File No. X030050; staff contact is Steven Wernikoff or C. Steven Baker, FTC Midwest Region, 312-960-5634; see press release dated April 17, 2003.)
Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.