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Suit Against Google

Small Site Got Slapped and Now They Suing

     
2:37 am on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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[news.cnet.com...]
In its statement, which was issued late Tuesday, TradeComet said it filed the lawsuit "when Google refused to stop engaging in predatory conduct to block search traffic by imposing massive, unjustified price increases. Google's anti-competitive conduct eliminated TradeComet as a competitor."

TradeComet.com said that its business-to-business search engine subsidiary was targeted by Google, which "then engaged in illegal conduct to diminish and ultimately extinguish SourceTool.com's platform."

A spokesman for Google said that the company's lawyers had not had a chance to review the lawsuit. But in a statement, Google said that "the advertising market in which Google operates is highly competitive and advertisers have a huge range of choices."


this should be real interesting.

-C

[edited by: engine at 7:13 pm (utc) on Feb. 18, 2009]
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Same guys as discussed in this thread: [webmasterworld.com...]
5:03 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Another free publicity stunt.
7:29 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't think it will go very far after taking a look at the sites and reading the suit.

7:54 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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First look at ST - I found nuthin' in the way of contents 'cept Adsense ads above the fold.

Fine product.

That there Adsense . . that is.

ST? Bleh.

8:10 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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linkbait!
10:18 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Another free publicity stunt.

Lawsuits are far from free. I'm not saying this isn't a pr stunt, who knows? Just sayin' that if they have filed the suit, they have already spent big bucks.

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Unless the lawyer was stupid enough to take it on a contingency with the only payment to be a percentage of the settlement.
11:20 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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more to the point of the discussion I was hoping to have here - do you suppose this might open up the opportunity for "class action" type suits against the big G?

If anybody is getting free advertising it would be the lawyers.

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more to the point of the discussion I was hoping to have here - do you suppose this might open up the opportunity for "class action" type suits against the big G?

That opportunity has always existed, but class-action attorneys pick their lawsuits carefully (since they typically invest their own money up front and are paid only if and when they get results). Entrepreneurial law firms can't afford to waste time and money on frivolous class actions.

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Or the person doing it is a lawyer. I know lawyers that file frivolous lawsuits like it is a bodily function. It does not cost much to file a lawsuit. It only costs money to pursue it. Some lawyer just blanket file hoping to get an out of court settlement with no intention of taking anybody to court.
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Thanks, just added out link to their directory.
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Never heard of them until this linkbait thread.
They sue Google but have an Adsense driven directory?
6:43 am on Feb 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It would be nice if the ad algo went back to flat $0.05 min bids and just let the marketplace decide who gets listed where. It seems like most of these companies who file such suits are run by a bunch who don't understand how the Internet works and would probably do a lot better with a better business and no lawsuit.
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The source for global sourcing

What the heck is that supposed to mean? Yuck. Looks pretty spammy to me, I doubt they need G's help to fail.

Dan is a 1971 graduate of Harvard College and a 1980 graduate of Harvard Business School.

Ah, that explains it!

Still added my link though, can't hurt especially since they'll get a lot of publicity out of this.

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I'd never heard of TradeComet which means they never sent me a single visitor or advertised anywhere I frequent.

Given those facts I think it's overly presumptive of Tradecomet to label themselves as former Google competition.

But that's just me.

 

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