Montblanc Demands Google Reveal Knockoff Sites' Owner

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 1:06 PM EST) -- Luxury brand Montblanc-Simplo GmbH lodged a suit against Google Inc. on Wednesday, seeking to force the search giant to reveal the identity of advertisers who have purchased AdWords services in order to sell counterfeit products.

In a bill of discovery complaint filed in California federal court, Montblanc claims that unnamed companies had purchased advertising through Google UK Ltd. linking to websites selling counterfeit merchandise.

"Montblanc seeks information and documents solely in Google’s possession that will provide the identity of currently unknown individuals or entities who have...
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