Google Beats Click-Fraud Class Action, For Now

Law360, San Jose (May 11, 2017, 9:08 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Thursday tossed an advertiser’s putative class action alleging Google understates the number of fraudulent clicks its ads receive, saying the advertiser can’t base his claims on a gibberish ad he created as a test case, and would need to amend the complaint with information on actual ads.

Lead plaintiff Gurminder Singh had allegedly discovered that a significant portion of the clicks he paid Google for were fraudulent after he created a fake gibberish ad and compared its clicks to clicks from his legitimate ads. But U.S. District Judge Beth Freeman told Singh’s attorney Friday that she’s never...

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