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Suit Filed Against Google By AdSense Publisher
kevgibbo




msg:3066991
 7:18 am on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

eWeek [oraclewatch.eweek.com] reports that Google AdSense are being sued by a woman who admits to clicking her own ads!

...complaint filed earlier this week in San Francisco federal district court, Theresa B. Bradley, a management consultant and resident of Washington, D.C. accuses Google of several counts of fraud and misrepresentation, including misrepresentation in commercial advertising, and of "willfull, wanton, fraudulent and malicious" conduct regarding its AdSense product. The suit also alleges misrepresentation in interstate commerce.

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Wlauzon




msg:3069318
 9:07 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

If my dog was as stupid as that woman I would shoot it to put it out of it's misery. I cannot believe she actually has a doctorate in anything.

I looked at the source code for her sites, and I have NEVER seen anything so horrible. For some fun, try the w3c validator on them :)

I really hope the judge and/or jury finds for Google *and* charges her and her lawyer (who cannot be all that bright either to bring such a lawsuit..) some kind of huge court costs.

I also checked Google image search for the source of some of the pictures on the site, and quite a few appear to be copyrighted, that she apparently just took to use on her site.

I might also suggest that she try to make the 2006 list on the Darwin Awards website, there is still time....

[edited by: Wlauzon at 9:29 pm (utc) on Sep. 1, 2006]

theRealairness




msg:3069418
 10:48 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now, people. Hold on to your horses. That $250,000 do not go all to her. Big part of it maybe goes to Lawyer too. Can we apply bad publicity is good publicity? Really, her website is talk of the town, city, or world.

incrediBILL




msg:3069429
 11:02 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can we apply bad publicity is good publicity? Really, her website is talk of the town, city, or world.

She is in fact the laughing stock of the internet and nothing good could come from that unless it's a career in stand up comedy.

Here's how I envision the night at the Improv:
"Did you all read I sued Google last week?

They should've known there would be trouble from the start when I signed the contract using a mascara pencil!"

[edited by: incrediBILL at 11:02 pm (utc) on Sep. 1, 2006]

ann




msg:3069446
 11:32 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Speaking of images: could this be the same person sueing another website for changing the names of images she/he was hotlinking? Claimed all that time and money was lost and that she/he was trying to build a business.

[webmasterworld.com...]

It would be an odd coincidence to hear about two people this stupid in the space of a week or two. LOL :)

Ann

Scurramunga




msg:3069462
 11:44 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm not surprised by these sorts of situations.
I once had a go at some idiot for stealing and modifiying images on my site and he had the gall to abuse me. I can just imagine the possiblities when real money is at stake.

[edited by: Scurramunga at 11:47 pm (utc) on Sep. 1, 2006]

BigDave




msg:3069469
 11:51 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

You all keep talking about "her lawyer". What you probably don't realize is that the JD after her name stands for Juris Doctorate, the degree that you get from law school. I'm guessing that she is representing herself.

She also filed the case In Forma Pauperis. I was under the impression that those were almost always pro se cases.

LifeinAsia




msg:3069473
 11:56 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

You all keep talking about "her lawyer". What you probably don't realize is that the JD after her name stands for Juris Doctorate, the degree that you get from law school. I'm guessing that she is representing herself.

Since the people are talking about her idiot lawyer, I think they understand she's probably representing herself.

jk3210




msg:3069481
 12:13 am on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Never underestimate the U.S legal system...

A surfer recently sued another surfer for "taking his wave." The case was ultimately dismissed because they were unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by watching someone ride the wave that was "intended for you." (Source: CALA)

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A college student in Idaho decided to "moon" someone from his 4th story dorm room window. He lost his balance, fell out of his window, and injured himself in the fall. Now the student expects the University to take the fall; he is suing them for "not warning him of the dangers of living on the 4th floor". (Source: CALA)

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A woman driving a car collided with a man who was riding a snowmobile. The man died at the scene. Since his snowmobile had suddenly cut in front of her, police said she was free of blame. She sued the man's widow for the psychological injuries she suffered from watching the man die. (Source: CALA)

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Quadrille




msg:3069727
 8:34 am on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

A few years ago, a 'first jump' parachutist land on a helicpoter's spinning blades. The helicopter owner sued her estate for damage to the helicopter.

It is rarely malicious, not even callous; it's all about insurance.

In many accident cases, especially the weird ones where there is no precedent, the insurance company(s) argue, and will not pay up until a court decides liability.

So someone who is fully insured has to take the bereaved to court, as the ONLY way to get the payout they insured for.

david_uk




msg:3069741
 9:07 am on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

You sort of wonder if it's possible to counter-sue for distress brought upon by frivolous lawsuit. Especially in some cases where bereaved people have been dragged through the courts when the question could have been settled by common sense. If the insurance company has filed a lawsuit in order to escape paying out, when the average Joe in the street would think they should, then maybe the person sued could sue 'em back for the distress caused. As usual the only people to gain are lawyers though.

BTW, the woman is clearly off her trolley and should be sued for being a stupid, publicity seeking trollop. Or is that one not possible ;)

Hobbs




msg:3069774
 10:09 am on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

wonder if it's possible to counter-sue for distress brought upon by frivolous lawsuit

Loosing such a counter sue will put the American legal in an infinite loop for the alleged victim could then counter-counter-sue, funny times we're living indeed :-)

old_expat




msg:3069838
 12:18 pm on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sorry for the sidetrack but my jaw dropped when I read this one.

A few years ago, a 'first jump' parachutist land on a helicpoter's spinning blades. The helicopter owner sued her estate for damage to the helicopter.

What in the world was up with:

- The jumpmaster letting a cherry jump above a chopper
- was it a marked drop zone?

If not, the jumpmaster is double dumb and twice neglegent.

if it was designated, what was the chopper doing flying around a drop zone below jump height

Sounds to me like everyone except the poor jumper screwed up.

old_expat .. old_jumper

old_expat




msg:3069840
 12:22 pm on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

If I was a Halliburton exec .. or an exec of any of her client firms, I would make sure she got dropped like a hot tater.

Imaging their competitors snickering around the country clubs about the antics of the "consultant".

Scurramunga




msg:3069846
 12:39 pm on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

After seeing the name Halliburton, I took deep breath and told myself that it's good thing how the mods here don't allow topics to stray off target.

CorpRebel




msg:3070006
 5:19 pm on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well ...

This one is gonna probably rank up here with the best frivolous lawsuits as reported on by The Stella Awards.

[stellaawards.com...]

Our "legal system" in it's FULL glory.

Rick Wilson aka CorpRebel

jchampliaud




msg:3070023
 5:44 pm on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Didn't she know you can right click an ad and copy the link and then see the landing page url. Some consultant!

wmuser




msg:3070110
 8:01 pm on Sep 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Rarly she will win

jcmiras




msg:3070323
 5:12 am on Sep 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

She may have a point because without adsense, people would not observe her stupidity that destroys her credibility.

Cheers! :)

hyperkik




msg:3070329
 5:19 am on Sep 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Overlawyered is, at its core, an industry-funded anti-personal injury litigation site, so it's a good source for one half of the story.

spaceylacie




msg:3070386
 7:46 am on Sep 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

1/2? Maybe 1/10. The case is inherently wrong. I'm still laughing about the second half of the spoonerism.

DamonHD




msg:3070398
 8:21 am on Sep 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Re Spoonerisms: Kenny Everett's wannabe-starlet character "Cupid Stunt" (she of "and suddenly ALL my clothes fell off") might approve of the spoonerism but not the consultant...

Rgds

Damon

david_uk




msg:3070729
 8:14 pm on Sep 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

But it was all done in the best POSSIBLE taste!

Gosh - that takes me back...............

blairsp




msg:3071497
 6:17 pm on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

not sure if this has been mentioned but you should all read the thread over at geekvillage on this. The final post about this person's other lawsuits make some real funny reading

netmeg




msg:3073487
 1:24 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ok, according to something I read this morning, she apparently now has amended her suit to claim that Google deleted all the related email correspondence, including the "contract" from her Gmail account. This article also claims she has a suit pending against Yahoo for deleting her Geocities site, and a few other non-related lawsuits.

The wheel might still be spinning, but I fear the hamster is dead.

EWeek Article [oraclewatch.eweek.com]

blairsp




msg:3073671
 3:51 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Woman clicks own ads, gets suspended, sues Google
[geekvillage.com...]

If I had known geekvillage was an OK url to post I would have done that myself :}

Anyway it is the post by sashman that I was referring to.

ann




msg:3074582
 8:49 am on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wow!

She is a regular frivolous suit filer!

I think she should be jailed for contempt of the legal system every time she attempts to file one. 2 months per suit would soon stop the harassing behavior.

DamonHD




msg:3074639
 10:06 am on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi,

There is a notion in English Law of "vexatious litigant" and it's quite possible that it is an old enough concept to have gotten into the law of many US states before our legal systems "forked"...

Here's hoping.

Rgds

Damon

BigDave




msg:3075008
 3:47 pm on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yup, "vexatious litigant" is there. Most courts don't like to use it, and in this case she is fairly safe because she files them in different courts. It tends to be used the most when a judge sees your face or name far too often.

I think that the guy who trademarked "stealth" was hit with being a vexatious litigant.

DamonHD




msg:3075060
 4:31 pm on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi,

Well maybe someone could do the legal system a favour, gather together some of her previous form (eg, "corrupt and incompetent Supreme Court of Florida") and file it where a judge taking up her case will see it.

Some kind of "anti-amicus" or "friend of the courts but not this litigant" filing. IANAL!

Rgds

Damon

[edited by: DamonHD at 4:31 pm (utc) on Sep. 7, 2006]

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