Spamhaus got a really great victory against a spammer. That was a long process, i.e. 5 years. In includes a part where Spamhaus was plain silly by ignoring the lawsuit, and another that is pure drama when the spammer decided to go after Spamhaus domain name registration. Then it dropped out of public consciousness. The drama did not end there, as this posting about the final appeal by Technology & Marketing Law blog describes what happened.
Spamhaus only have to pay damages of 3 dollars, the spammer have to pay defense costs. Thus, overall, Spamhaus win financially. Only problem is it is unlikely to be able to collect the fee. Spamhaus got their lawyers pro bono, so arguably it is 3 dollars out-of-pocket. If, in the unlikely event, Spamhaus lawyers did not know at the beginning that they won’t get paid, they would had known it when the spamming company went bust. Still they persevere with Spamhaus. To me, it demonstrates that there are lawyers who do good and for that, they have a big THANK YOU from me.