Remember That AdSense Publisher That Sued Google & Won? Well, He Lost

In March, we reported that a Google AdSense publisher sued Google and won in court, based on a Huffington Post story. Well, it turns out that on May 22nd, Google took this publisher to appeals court and the court overturned the decision.

Google’s lawyers showed how this publisher agreed to the Google AdSense terms of service and then showed a screen shot of him violating those terms. I got my hands on the screen shot of his web site clearly showing users to click on the AdSense ads, which is against the AdSense terms of service. I also have obtained the court’s documents showing the decision has been overturned.

Here is the picture of the web page that violated Google’s terms of service:

AdSense Small Claims Court

Here is a copy as a PDF of the court document that shows that Google owed the plaintiff $0, overturning the ruling of $721 owed to the plaintiff.

Postscript: You can read the publisher’s side of the story, which has a lot more detail, over here.

Related Topics: Channel: Display | Google: AdSense | Google: Legal | Top News


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  • chiropractic

    Wow, that’s an interesting screen shot. Pretty bold.

  • Drikus

    The TOS of Google is there for a reason. Ignore it and you will get burned.

  • gbo2k69

    Which part of the TOS did he violate? Why didn’t Google just tell him that he violated it when they canceled his account?

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