Facebook Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Sanford Wallace
Judge Fogel issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Defendants in Facebook v. Wallace. [h/t Wendy Davis] Access a copy of the order here [pdf].
Fogel wrote in his order that the alleged spam enterprise, which began in November, has become harder for Facebook to contain. "While Facebook has been reasonably successful in combating this scheme, the expanding scope of the operation has made it increasingly difficult to neutralize defendants' activities," Fogel wrote.I'm not sure what to make of it myself. The TRO focuses heavily on phishing and the extraction of user information, and prohibits defendants from accessing the site (Facebook) and trying to extract user information. The TRO was issued ex parte, which means no one was there to object. Issuance of an ex parte TRO doesn't necessarily speak to the merits. On the other hand it takes a lot to convince a federal judge to issue a TRO [among other things, they very much work on their own schedules].
Judge Fogel also granted a motion to seal, which means Facebook presented certain evidence which is not in the public record.