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Thursday March 30, 2017

Man Who Claims He Invented E-Mail Is Now Running for US Senate

Does being the inventor of e-mail get you laid more often, or what? Shiva Ayyadurai is in the news again for wanting to join the Senate, but he will probably forever be known as the guy who insists that he created e-mail.

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Earlier this year, Ayyadurai sued Techdirt, alleging the news website libeled him by calling him a "fraud" due to his claim to have invented e-mail. Ayyadurai had previously also sued Gizmodo's parent site Gawker over articles that he alleged also disparaged him. As part of the settlement in that case, those two stories were removed and he got $750,000. In both lawsuits, Ayyadurai was represented by Charles Harder, the lawyer who also represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuits against Gawker. The Hogan lawsuit led to a $140 million verdict, which drove Gawker into bankruptcy and shuttered the website.