NEW YORK, NY – I received an email this morning alerting me that I may be a member of class action suit where Google Inc. will pay $22,500,000.00 in a class action settlement sometime after July 27th of this year. The case is named in the email notification as “In Re Google AdWords Litigation, No. 5:08-cv-03369-EJD”
The suit alleged Google failed to disclose to millions of advertisers participating in Google’s AdWords program that it placed ads on sites without developed content or error pages by using Google’s AdSense for domains program (AFD) as well as Google’s AdSense for errors program (AFE).
Who Is Included in the Settlement?
You may be a Class Member if during the period of July 11, 2004 and March 31, 2008, you: 1) were a U.S. resident; 2) had a Google AdWords Account; and, 3) were charged for clicks on advertisements appearing on parked domains or error pages.
What Is This Case About?
This case alleges that Google failed to disclose to its AdWords customers that it placed ads on websites known as parked domains and error pages. The lawsuit alleges this conduct violates California laws against unfair competition and false advertising. Google denies these claims.
The Court’s Fairness Hearing.
The Court will hold a Final Fairness Hearing on July 27, 2017 at 9:00 am PST at the following location: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Courthouse, Courtroom 4 – 5th Floor, 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether: 1) the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate; 2) to approve the service awards to the class representatives; and 3) to approve the award of attorneys’ fees and expenses to the attorneys for the class.
The firm handling the class action has themselves an amazingly good domain name for their own website which is https://www.classactionlawyers.com (Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe). There is more information about the class action in the image below and there is a website specific to the class action at: https://www.adwordsclassaction.com