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A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Google accuses the tech titan of engaging in widespread fraud by canceling AdSense accounts just before they were due to pay out.
The suit relies in part on recent anonymous accusations that Google developed an AdSense fraud scheme in 2009 to prevent publishers from collecting money that Google owed them...
...The lawsuit is seeking class action status so that it can represent all US-based AdSense users whose accounts were disabled or terminated with their Google refusing to pay them their final payment.
The case was filed by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro on behalf of Free Range Content, the California-based owner of Repost.us, which had been using AdSense to display ads. Free Range Content alleges that it first noticed an unusual jump of $40,000 in its AdSense earnings this past February. The company says that it reported the anomaly to Google, and was scheduled to speak with an AdSense representative on March 6 when Google disabled their account two days before the call. Google, the suit alleges, refused further contact with Free Range Content.
but my guess is that any lawyer worth their salt is gonna do some fact checking before jumping head-first into a suit
That kind of discounts the 10~% of lawyers who are not worth their salt
That being said, I actually do think that if what is written up there is the case, they may have a case
this type of business model is what helps pollute the web with recycled junk content.
all US-based AdSense users whose accounts were disabled or terminated with their Google refusing to pay them their final payment.
Google may at any time terminate the Agreement, or suspend or terminate the participation of any Property in the Services for any reason. If we terminate the Agreement due to your breach or due to invalid activity, we may withhold unpaid amounts or charge back your account. If you breach the Agreement or Google suspends or terminates your Account, you (i) will not be allowed to create a new Account, and (ii) may not be permitted to monetize content on other Google products.
Plus, the TOS says "If we terminate the Agreement due to your breach or due to invalid activity" In many cases, G has not told the publisher what the breach was or what the invalid activity was and because of lack of transparency there could be a legal case here. The question is can they show if these accounts were terminated due to this?
they ALSO embedded ads as part of the article.
But just because it is in the TOS does not mean it will hold up in court.
so as long as it's properly maintained
you are missing what I am saying. The question is, was it properly maintained? Do they have the data to back up that they terminated these people for these reasons and therefore had the right to withhold payment.
I'm wondering if these publishers ever got such emails as well.
you generally don't want to tell people what criteria you used to catch them
[edited by: webcentric at 10:25 pm (utc) on May 21, 2014]