Google Ads Deal Proves Hoarding Email Can Cost You

Law360, New York (August 31, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT) -- The revelation last week that Google Inc.'s $500 million settlement with the U.S. government was likely prompted by incriminating emails in CEO Larry Page's inbox serves as a reminder for companies to regularly delete email, not just because it could be damaging but because it makes good business sense, attorneys say.

Prosecutors told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that they had found internal emails and documents showing that Page had known for several years of the company's sales of illegal ads for Canadian pharmacies, a fact some have speculated led to Google's settlement.

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