The Big List of Google Lawsuits

There are literally thousands of suits proceeding against Google. They include possible misuse and manipulation of search results, its use of others' intellectual property, concerns that its compilation of data may violate people's privacy, censorship of search results and content, as well as concerns over traditional business issues such as antitrust, monopoly, and restraint of trade. These are some of the cases which can shape an opinion on Google's empirialistic ambitions of dominance and control throughout the Internet. The UK Christian Group vs. Google: Sued Google for discrimination and as a result Google was forced to change its policy and anti-abortion ads came alive. In April 2008, Google refused to run ads for a UK Christian group opposed to abortion. 30 States vs. Google: As a result of FTC investigation, Google is close to an agreement to pay about $7 million to settle allegations that the company improperly collected personal data for its Street View product, a person familiar with the matter said. The company has reached an agreement in principle with more than 30 states. Kinderstart.com vs. Google: Sued Google for setting its Page rank to zero, claiming that the reset caused the site to lose 70 percent of its audience. In this lawsuit, it was stated, that "Google does not generally inform Web sites that they have been penalized nor does it explain in detail why the Web site was penalized". Kinderstart claimed that they were penalized for being a Google competitor, setting up the search engine. Google claims that allowing one to win such process would set a dangerous precedent, encouraging other penalized sites to protest as well. Australian Sex Party vs. Google: The Party lodged formal complaints against Google with the US Department of Justice and the Australian competition watchdog, accusing Google of "unlawful interference in the conduct of a state election in Victoria with corrupt intent" in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Authors Guild vs. Google: 8,000 U.S. authors filed a class action suit in federal court in Manhattan against Google over its unauthorized scanning and copying of books through its Google Library program. BT Group Plc vs. Google: Britain's dominant fixed-line telecoms group, sued Google over six patents related to mobile technology. EU vs. Google: Does Google give priority placement to AdWords buyers? The New York Times reports that the European Union -- as part of ongoing antitrust investigations into Google -- has circulated questionnaires looking for links between buying ads and more visibility in search results. Microsoft vs. Google: A patent lawsuit in Germany that could lead to an outright ban of Google Maps in the country.

Manitoba vs. Google: Does Buzz breach your privacy? A Manitoba man filed suit claiming exactly that. He says he declined enrollment in Buzz, but Google set up a Buzz profile on him anyway, exposing info he deems private to the public. DoJ vs. Google: DoJ opened broad investigations into a pattern of anti-competitive actions by Google. iLOR vs. Google: The plaintiff, a firm that makes software for manufacturer quotes, alleges that Google’s Notebook tools infringe on patents it owns. Viacom vs. Google: The complaint contended that almost 160,000 unauthorized clips of Viacom's programming were made available on YouTube and that these clips had collectively been viewed more than 1.5 billion times. MyTriggers.com vs. Google: The Ohio-based shopping comparison search site accused Google of favouring its own services in search results. Vividown vs. Google: A complaint brought by an Italian advocacy group for people with Down's syndrome. Aaron and Christine Boring vs. Google: The couple sued Google for "invasion of privacy". They claimed that Street View made a photo of their home available online, and it diminished the value of their house, which was purchased for its privacy. Lauren Rosenberg vs. Google: Lauren Rosenberg of Northridge, Calif., used a Google Map while strolling around Park City, Utah, and apparently got hit by a car. The vast majority of critics argue that Google has an obligation to direct users to intended content and not censor results based on copyright. YouTube has been criticized for heavyhanded censorship. Some allege that this censorship is xenophobic because it blocks people from enjoying foreign works because they lived in a foreign country where the content has been blocked.

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