If Your Clickfraud Scheme Fails, Sue Google

from the always-have-a-plan-b dept

You could almost dedicate an entire law firm to lawsuits against Google were it not for the fact that virtually all of them are baseless and don't stand a snowball's chance of ever collecting any money from the company. The latest such case is brought by a woman who is suing Google for suspending her Adsense account due to clickfraud. She wants $250,000 to compensate her for the 100 hours it took her to determine the placement of the ads on her site. And she admits to clicking on her own ads, but only, she says, because she wanted to screen the advertisers. Even if this explanation were true, you'd think she would have already learned her lesson since Yahoo (she's suing them too, of course) also suspended her advertising account. If only the suit had any chance of winning, then, as a commenter to the above article point out, you could run a nice scam by signing up for adsense, clicking your own ads, getting suspended, and then suing. Of course, Google's own lawyers probably aren't complaining too much about all of this easy work.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Sep 2006 @ 10:02am

    just plain dumb

    Click on the link and read the article on eWeek because its even more ridiculous. It says that it took her STAFF took 100 hours. What kind of bread brains did she hire to do this? It also says that she demanded competing products not allowed to be advertised on her site, which is completely contradictory because AdSense searches the contents of her website to show relavent ads (i.e. competitors and similar products). She claims Google has done "irreparable damage" to her reputation because of this case, but after visiting her site (bravacorp.com) I can say her reputation was non existant as a 15 year old can do a better job making a professional looking site.

    Its a complete noob job from the ugly default blue hyperlinks to stock photos which are shrunk down unproportionally. Then I took a quick look at the source.. Basically, it looks like someone got a pirated copy of Frontpage and made the site like it was a word processor. I don't think this person knows what HTML tags are. It was probably made by a homeworking mom who handed in a resume that has blogging under qualifications for this job.

    Anyways, I'm trying to make sense of this case.. but I guess the act of trying to find logic in irrationality is meaningless. So I'm just going to stop here and move on.

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