Google misled consumers through AdWords
Tuesday 3 April 2012 @ 1.54 p.m. | Trade & Commerce
The full bench of the Federal Court has found that Google misled consumers through its advertised search results.
The case centred around sponsored links in Google search results through its AdWords
program by online trading company Trading Post and STA Travel. The Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleged that because the headline of an advertisement
link in Google search results often referred to the business name that a person was
searching for alone, and then redirected to the Trading Post or STA website, which
had no affiliation with the real business, Google and Trading Post were engaged in
In his ruling in September 2011, Justice John Nicholas found that while the Trading Post had been misleading in its conduct regarding the advertisements, Google was not engaged in deceptive conduct, as it had merely been the messenger between the advertiser and the consumer.
"Google merely communicated what Trading Post represented without adopting or endorsing any of it," Nicholas said.
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