Google Faces Legal Action From Australia
By: Andy Beal
It's one thing when a company decides to sue Google. Google's typical "we believe the claims are without merit and we will...
defend them vigorously" statement, usually sends a strong message that the search engine will bring out the big-guns in defense.
But what happens when the lawsuit is filed by the Australian Government? All of a sudden, we can't automatically assume Google's going to be victorious, can we? That's the scenario Google is facing after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - the Ozzie Government consumer watchdog - filed suit against Google for misleading and deceptive conduct in their AdWords ads.
The case also includes the company who's ads the ACCC is challenging. Here's an excerpt from the filing:
The ACCC is alleging that Trading Post contravened sections 52 and 53(d) of the Trade Practices Act 1974 in 2005 when the business names "Kloster Ford" and "Charlestown Toyota" appeared in the title of Google sponsored links to Trading Post's website. Kloster Ford and Charlestown Toyota are Newcastle car dealerships who compete against Trading Post in automotive sales.Google's faced government action before - remember its battle with Belgium - but this is the first case from a government claiming misleading practices.
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About the Author:
Andy Beal is an internet marketing consultant and considered one of the world's most respected and interactive search engine marketing experts. Andy has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Motorola, CitiFinancial, Lowes, Alaska Air, DeWALT, NBC and Experian.
You can read his internet marketing blog at Marketing Pilgrim and reach him at [email protected].
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