According to a motion for preliminary approval, Google Inc. has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of advertisers who claim the tech giant placed their purchased ads on unused or inactive websites. The lawsuit was filed in 2008.
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Google Fiber has added new terms to its customer agreements. Like other large Internet service providers, customers who want to sue Google Fiber must now instead submit to arbitration. The Google Fiber terms were updated last week with a note that they now “require the use of binding arbitration to resolve disputes rather than jury trials or class actions.” Read more…
A California federal judge approved a $415 million class action settlement between software engineers and Apple, Inc., Google, Inc. and others resolving claims they illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh ruled that the deal, which added an additional $90 million onto a $325 million settlement she rejected in August 2014, fairly reflected the strength of the software developers’ claims that Google, Apple, Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. suppressed wages and violated antitrust laws by agreeing not to hire each other’s engineering talent. Read more…
Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have now offered $415 million to settle accusations that they had conspired against their own employees, according to the New York Times. This settlement proposal has increased from an earlier offer of $324.5 million, an amount that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected last August, when she agreed with plaintiff and former Adobe engineer Michael Devine. He protested the amount, arguing that it wasn’t enough money given the wealth of the companies and the scale of their collusion. The collusion refers to agreements the companies reached not to poach each other’s employees.
A federal judge sanctioned Google, Inc. for violating a court order to produce certain log files from its AdWords ad-placement service that are key to a proposed class action accusing Google of overcharging businesses that use its ad-placement service. California U.S. District Judge Howard R. Lloyd said Google must pay lead plaintiff Rick Woods’ attorney fees and expenses related to his motion for sanctions, finding that the search company failed to heed a March court order to produce all of the necessary log files within 14 days. Although Google did eventually produce additional relevant logs, Judge Lloyd said its “minimal production” of data it felt was relevant violated his order.
The class action relates to Google’s AdWords service, which places ads on websites and then charges advertisers for each click. The AdWords service contains a program by which prices are reduced for advertisers when data demonstrates that ads on certain sites are not producing real business results for advertisers. The class action alleges that Google not only secretly overcharged the plaintiff and other advertisers for the service but also made “preferential secret deals” with large companies that host the ads, exempting them from rules that restrict an advertiser’s ability to put ads in low-quality positions, like on mobile apps.
The case is Rick Woods v. Google Inc., case number 5:11-cv-01263, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Judge Koh, the California federal judge overseeing the antitrust class action claiming Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers set April 9, 2015, as the trial start date. As we posted earlier on this blog, the Judge had earlier rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement. Read more…