Arkansas judge finalizes Google "click" settlement

TEXARKANA, Ark., July 27 (Reuters) – An Arkansas state judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a class-action settlement between Google Inc. and advertisers who alleged Google allowed third parties to drive up fees by fraudulent use of its Web search advertising system.

Judge Joe Griffin of the Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas made no changes in approving the settlement, which calls for Google to pay up to $90 million in online credits to customers and legal fees, according to court documents.

The Google settlement hearing is part of a broader legal action by plaintiff Lane’s Gifts and Collectibles originally filed in February 2005 against Internet advertising industry players over the issue of so-called "click fraud".


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