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Judge Throws Out Anti-Junk Mail Crusader’s Lawsuit Against Magazine

June 12, 1996

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by an anti-junk mail crusader who claimed U.S. News and World Report illegally profited by selling his name to other companies.

Ram Avrahami misspelled his last name on a subscription form to determine if the magazine sold his name to companies that sent him junk mail.

Arlington Circuit Judge William T. Newman Jr. ruled Tuesday that Avrahami had ``no property right″ to the fake name.

``He is not a victim, he is a trickster,″ the magazine’s lawyer, David G. Fiske, said in closing arguments.

Avrahami claimed that his name has monetary value, citing a state law barring the sale of a name for commercial purposes without permission.

He said junk mail caused him anxiety and inconvenience and asked for $5,000 in punitive damages and a court order prohibiting the magazine from distributing his name.

Avrahami said he may appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

``No one can be happy with the court saying your name is worth nothing,″ he said.

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