Google Responsible For Deceptive Ads, Aussie Court Says

Law360, New York (April 3, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT) -- An Australian court has found that Google Inc. misled consumers by allowing companies to post search result advertisements featuring a rival's name in the headline, partially overturning a ruling in favor of the Internet giant, an Australian regulator said Tuesday.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had appealed a Federal Court of Australia judge's determination in September that the companies that made the ads were responsible for them, not Google. The ACCC sued Google over the ads in 2007.

The full Federal Court sided with the...
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