A German doctor who had previously requested that a company stop sending him email advertisements took the company to court when they continued sending him unwanted email.
According to a story in The Local, the doctor had had brief correspondence with the company but then had requested that they stop sending him email. Explaining why he didn’t just ignore the unwelcome email, he claimed that his medical duties required him to look at every email he received, which made the advertisements a nuisance. The court agreed and ruled that prior email contact without permission to send ads is not grounds to assume spam is welcome. The offending company has now been legally forbidden from sending the doctor any more emails.