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NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM IS STRICTLY FOR CLAIMANTS
Last week we published our semi-annual TOP 10 LIST...
ANNUAL TOP 10 PANELISTS AT WIPO FOR DOMAINERS
This is our Annual Report of those panelists who...
Malpractice Suit Against Former Doctor
A woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, naming...
KITCHN.COM UDRP DENIED
In a 3 person panel decision, the UDRP Claim...
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2016 DOMAIN INDUSTRY AWARDS NOW OPEN
DOMAIN INDUSTRY AWARD Nominations for 2016 are now open....
CLAIMANT FOOLISHLY TRIES TO GET THE 2ND BITE OF THE APPLE
In a new UDRP decision handed down by a...
WIPO TREATS DOMAIN INVESTORS FAIRLY
A review of the UDRP Decisions at the World...
NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM IS VERY PRO TRADEMARK HOLDERS
In reviewing the decisions of panels of the NAF...
WEB.COM PROMAIL (WEBMAIL) IS CLUELESS!
I have been using Register.com’s email program titled “ProMail”...
WIPO PANEL DENIES SWISS UDRP CLAIM
A WIPO panel has denied the claim of a...
URS DEFAULT DETERMINATION
In an important case under the relatively new Uniform...
FACEBOOK SEEKS TO REVIVE CASE AGAINST LAWYERS
Facebook isn’t ready to abandon its desire to hold...
MY RECOMMENDATION FOR A GOOD BOOK TO READ
I generally read detective and spy stories and haven’t...
ANNUAL TOP 10 PANELISTS AT WIPO FOR DOMAINERS
This is our Annual Report of those panelists who...
TOP 10 PANELISTS AT NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM
This is our Annual Report of those panelists who...
GERALD LEVINE’S UDRP BOOK A “MUST” FOR ALL LITIGATORS
This is a reprint of a blog by attorney...
WIPO PANEL DENIES TURKISH UDRP CLAIM
In a decision rendered in the case of Sarten...
BEWARE OF WIPO PANELISTS CAIRNS, DONAHEY AND GIBSON
The domain investment community has been shocked by the...
THE Domain Conference sets 2016 Dates and Prices
The response to the 2015 Conference has been tremendous...
AFFIDAVIT FROM RESPONDENT WON UDRP ON BOUNZ.COM
A WIPO panel has denied the claim of a...
WIPO PANEL DENIES CLAIM FOR MANKARIOUS.COM
ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION Ramsey Mankarious v. Stanley Pace Case...
NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM TOP 10 PANELISTS
This is our Semi-Annual Report of those panelists who...
WIPO PANELISTS – MIDYEAR REPORT
This is our Semi-Annual Report of those panelists who...
OUR SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT ON UDRP PANELISTS
There are some new interesting developments in decisions made...
DOMAINfest is coming to South Florida!
YES, you read that correctly! We are proud to...
UDRP ON BOLTER.COM IS DENIED
Stanley Pace owns over 10,000 generic family names and...
TOP 10 PANELISTS AT NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM
This is our Annual Report of those panelists who...
Once Again the WIPO Panelists Are Better Than NAF For Domainers
This is our Annual Report of those panelists who...
Google’s Gmail Blocked in China
For those of you who believe that the U.S....
Facebook Accused of Censoring Political Comment
A prominent Tibetan writer says Facebook deleted her post...
Facebook Reportedly Blocks Russian Dissident’s Page at Government Request
Reportedly at the request of the Russian government, Facebook...
North Korea Confrontation Possible Over Sony Hack Attack
A White House official said on Thursday that the...
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY from COFFEE.CLUB
At T.R.A.F.F.I.C. EAST 2014, Bill McClure made a deal...
Feds fine dating site for making fake profiles
The Federal Trade Commission has fined UK-based JDI Dating...
11 Drivers Cited So Far as Uber Defies Court Order
Nevada drivers with the ridesharing company Uber are picking...
Facebook Sues Lawyers of Discredited “Co-Founder” Paul Ceglia
Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sued a handful of...
Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on disclosure of surveillance orders
Twitter has sued the U.S. government, alleging that the...
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS BALLOTS GO OUT TOMORROW
On Tuesday, September 16th, ballots for the 10th Anniversary...
California Bars Online Retailers From Fining For Posting Negative Reviews
In response to online retailers threatening their customers with...
WIPO PANELIST ADMONISHES LAW FIRM FOR BRINGING COMPLAINT IN BAD FAITH
In the case of Clearwater Systems, Inc. v. Glenn...
DO WE NEED A DOMAIN NAME ASSOCIATION?
My good friend Michael Gilmour blogs under the name...
Twitter Reviews Policies After Robin Williams’s Daughter Abused
Twitter is reviewing its policies on privacy and support...
National Arbitration Forum is not Friendly to Domainers
This is our 6 month recap on NAF decisions...
Here is our semi-annual listing of the “Good Guys” from WIPO
Here is our semi-annual report of those panelists who...
U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if FACEBOOK Threats Are Real
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important...
China calls for ‘severe punishment’ for Google, Apple, U.S. tech firms
Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc, Apple...
Egypt Exhibits Yet Another Example Of Government Interference on the Internet
Egypt’s police force is seeking to build a surveillance...
New lawsuit accuses Google of AdSense fraud
A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Google accuses the tech...
CALIFORNIA v. NSA – WHO WINS?
The federal government would need a warrant from a...
People have a right to be forgotten on the Internet
People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from...
Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’
Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its...
IRAN REVEALS ITS ANTI-SEMITISM BY BANNING WHATSAPP
Iran’s censor is reportedly banning WhatsApp, the popular messaging...
INTERNET FREEDOM CALL TO ACTION
MICHAEL CASTELLO, a very well-known name in the domain...
GOOGLE IS THE 2ND LARGEST LOBBYIST IN THE U.S.
In May, 2012, the law school at George Mason...
No More “BIG BANG THEORY” In China
Four U.S. television shows, including “The Big Bang Theory”...
Authoritarians accept Obama’s invitation to take Internet control.
The Obama administration still doesn’t seem to understand the...
FACEBOOK Tells businesses if they want folks to see their posts – pay up!
Over the past several months, Facebook has been reducing...
China is Cracking Down on Internet News and Porn
China has unfurled a vigorous new campaign to “clean...
Obama Administration Backpedals on Giving up ICANN Oversight
Less than a month after announcing its plan to...
Obama Administration Backs Down from giving away ICANN Oversight
Less than a month after announcing its plan to...
Congressman Todd Rokita and Colleagues Seek Review of Obama Plan to Relinquish U.S. Oversight of the Internet
Representatives Todd Rokita, John Shimkus (IL-15), and Marsha Blackburn...
Bill Clinton Would Prefer U.S. Oversight of the Internet
Count former President Bill Clinton among those who are...
DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new URS – PART IV – APPELLATE PROCESS
This is Part 4 of our series of articles...
DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new URS – PART III
This is the Third Part of a Series on...
Facebook Claimant Ceglia Loses Bid to Dismiss Fraud Case
Back in 2011, I published an article about Paul...
DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new URS – PART II
Last week we wrote Part I of a series...
Judge Orders Domainer to Pay Trump $32,000 in Damages
A Brooklyn man who registered domain names related to...
DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new gTLD extensions are all subject to the new URS. How will that effect you?
The URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension System) is intended to...
Top Websites Refuse to Accept Marijuana Ads
Stores can sell marijuana in Colorado and Washington but...
Jailed Alabama Blogger’s Case Tests First Amendment
For over six years, Roger Shuler has hounded figures...
Facebook User Sues Over Falsified ‘Likes’ Endorsements
Just weeks after Facebook was sued for allegedly intercepting...
Time for the NAF 2013 TOP TEN
As everyone knows, there are two major arbitration bodies...
Time for the WIPO 2013 TOP TEN
The year 2013 brought about a big change in...
And Another One Bites the Dust
The year 2013 ends with good news for my...
GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, YAHOO! Beefing up Codes to Deter NSA
Leave it to private enterprise to stick it to...
Homeland Security must disclose cell network ‘kill switch’ protocols Court Rules
Homeland Security’s ability to shut down cellular and wireless...
WIPO Panelist Provides Comprehensive Analysis of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Panelist Tony Willoughby has provided the most complete analysis...
This is Why Domain Investors Need the Internet Commerce Association
I recently received an email from Nat Cohen that...
WIPO Panelists Want to Change “Bad Faith” Standard to Favor Complainants
I generally do not repeat articles from other blogs...
Having Disclaimer Wins UDRP
A National Arbitration Forum panel has denied the claim...
Anonymous comments could suffer under European Court of Human Rights ruling
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has issued...
Mugged by a Mug Shot Online
The ostensible point of sites like Mugshots, BustedMugshots and...
NSA Using Data to Graph Social Connections
Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting...
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. EAST 2013 ATTRACTS gTLD APPLICANTS
In Less than 4 weeks the Domain Industry will...
Users Sue LinkedIn Over Harvesting of E-Mail
Four LinkedIn users have filed a lawsuit accusing the...
Facebook ‘Like’ Is Protected Speech, Appeals Court Says
Using Facebook Inc.’s “Like” feature to show support for...
Judge Limits Search Warrants for Emails
Can law enforcement obtain a search warrant to dig...
NAF Finds Reverse Domain Name Hijacking of Consuela.com
In a new National Arbitration forum Decision in Consuela,...
GIVE THE GOVERNMENT AN INCH AND IT TAKES A MILE
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies...
CONGRESS IS NOT INTERESTED IN PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
A deeply divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would...
Twitter surrenders anti-Semitic tweet info to France
Twitter has finally released data on anti-Semitic tweets to...
HERE ARE THE NAF PANELISTS THAT DENY CLAIMS
Here is our 6 month review of Panelists who...
Here is the List of the Best WIPO Panelists for Domainer Respondents
Here is our semi-annual report of those panelists who...
FDA shuts down 1,677 online pharmacies
The prices may look tempting, but ordering from an...
Secret Court Ruling Puts YAHOO! in a Bind
In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo’s top lawyers...
Big 3 Internet Companies Want to Disclose Security Requests
Three of the largest Internet companies called on the...
NSA, FBI Tapping Into Servers of U.S. Internet Companies
George Orwell’s vision of the future in the 1930’s,...
GOOGLE beats FACEBOOK in Popularity
GOOGLE beat out rivals APPLE and FACEBOOK when it...
The Internet Revolution: What Should We Expect
The Internet revolution is in full swing. Changes are...
Google faces new federal antitrust probe
U.S. regulators are in the early stages of an...
WILL TUMBLR HELP YAHOO!?
YAHOO! has concluded that TUMBLR, the social blogging service,...
Facebook Tells Appellate Court to ‘Like’ Decision
Facebook’s “Like” feature is vital to 500 million people...
Senate Passes Bill to Collect Sales Tax on the Web
A bipartisan coalition in the Senate easily passed legislation...
ALL WEB SALES SOON TO BE TAXABLE
Late Thursday afternoon, in a 63-to-30 procedural vote, the...
MICHAEL GILMOUR TALKS ABOUT T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Well known Blogger of Whizbangsblog.com and owner of one...
The IRS doesn’t believe it needs a search warrant to read your e-mail.
I previously wrote that the FBI is being sued...
NEW BENCHMARK IN REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKING
A National Arbitration forum Panelist, Paul M. DeCicco, has...
Google fights FBI’s warrantless National Security Letters
GOOGLE is the first major company to openly challenge...
My domains have been “Frozen”
My Guest blogger, Mark Hershiser has posted this blog>...
NEUSNEWS.COM HAS A NEU LOOK FOR OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY
Thanks to Danny Pryor and his company Rodan Media...
AMAZON’S QUEST FOR NEW GTLDS DRAWS OPPOSITION
Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the...
ANDREW ETEMADI, FOUNDER AND CTO OF EYEMAGINE, FOUND GUILTY OF RDNH
“ finding of is warranted if the Complainant...
ATTORNEY BERRYHILL GETS NAF PANEL TO RULE REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKING
The National Arbitration Forum panels are beginning to catch...
NAF SETS NEW PRECEDENT IN DENYING A COMPLAINT SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF LACHES
In the case of Laminex, Inc. v. Yan Smith,...
ONLY 2 NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM PANELS FOUND REVERSE DOMAIN HIJACKING IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS
Though WIPO panels found a number of Reverse domain...
WHO ARE THE TOP TEN PANELISTS THAT DENY COMPLAINTS AT WIPO?
Every six months we bring you an update on...
RUSSIAN COALITION WITHDRAWS INTERNET PLAN
If you read my blog yesterday, you saw that...
INTERNET GOVERNANCE TALKS IN JEOPARDY
A 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, taking...
OBAMA SIGNS SAFE WEB ACT INTO LAW
The new law expands the FTC’s powers so it...
INTERNET REGULATION TO DOMINATE GLOBAL SUMMIT
An unprecedented debate over how the global Internet is...
A NEW WEB SITE IS NOW UP WHICH WILL PROVIDE ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR ALL OF YOUR INTERNET LEGAL NEEDS
Howard Neu, “the Internet Lawyer” and co-founder of the...
CREEPING INTERNET CENSORSHIP HITS AGAIN – THIS TIME IT IS THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Government crackdowns on Internet dissidents and bloggers in the...
GOOGLE BLOCKED IN CHINA AS COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS BEGINS
The company said it was not having any technical...
ELECTION OFFICIALS OVERWHELMED BY E-MAIL VOTING
Governments strained to allow voters to participate in the...
DONUTS’ GRAB FOR DOMAINS RAISES FEARS OF CYBERSQUATTING
Donuts.co, backed by more than $100 million in venture...
NEUSNEWS.COM IS ONCE AGAIN UP AND RUNNING
Here are some edited down versions of NeusNews.com Blog...
CHINA BLOCKS ACCESS TO NEW YORK TIMES WEBSITE
As President Ronald Reagan used to say, “There they...
IS ICANN ABOUT TO GET A MAJOR COMPETITOR?
The Internet Governance Forum’s annual meeting provides an opportunity...
D O J REVIEWING VERISIGN DOTCOM CONTRACT WITH ICANN
Verisign said late last week in releasing its latest...
FACEBOOK FACES ANTI-TRUST LAW SUIT
Gambit is the leading virtual currency and payment- processing...
GOOGLE V. FRANCE – WHO WILL WIN THIS BATTLE?
Google has warned it would exclude French media sites...
THE URS IS COMING – BUT WHO WILL ENFORCE IT?
ICANN envisioned the URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension) procedures as...
WHICH COUNTRIES CENSOR THE INTERNET THE MOST?
Recently, Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, published “Freedom...
JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF BRAZIL GOOGLE PRESIDENT
A Brazilian judge ordered the arrest of the head...
FBI RENEWS REQUEST FOR NEW INTERNET SURVEILLANCE LAWS
“Companies should be required to build in back doors...
GOOGLE REJECTS OBAMA REQUEST TO PULL MUSLIM FILM CLIP
The Internet company said it was censoring the video...
ANOTHER ASIAN COUNTRY CRACKS DOWN ON FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET- AND IT IS STILL NOT CHINA
The Indian government said in a statement it had...
AN ASIAN GOVERNMENT IS CRACKING DOWN ON INTERNET FREEDOM, AND IT ISN’T CHINA
In South Korea — A government critic who called...
GOOGLE TO PAY RECORD FINE OVER SAFARI PRIVACY VIOLATION
Google has agreed to pay a record settlement over...
CONGRESS RAISES NEW CONCERNS ABOUT NEW gTLDs
Congressmen are saying they want fresh assurances that the...
GOOGLE SHOULD PAY $750 A BOOK, AUTHORS SAY In E-BOOK SUIT
Google is being sued over its plan, announced in...
CONGRESS RESISTS CONTROL OF INTERNET PASSING TO U.N. AGENCY
At present several non-profit US bodies oversee the net’s...
ARE AFFILIATE NETWORKS REALLY VIABLE IN THE LONG-TERM?
One of my arguments against the long-term viability of...
WHO ARE THE TOP TEN PANELISTS THAT DENY COMPLAINTS AT THE NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM?
Every 6 months, we bring you up-to-date on the...
WHO ARE THE TOP TEN PANELISTS THAT DENY COMPLAINTS AT WIPO?
Every 6 months, we bring you up-to-date on the...
GOOGLE IN DEAL WITH FRENCH GROUPS OVER ‘JEW’ SUGGESTION
GOOGLE’s motto is “Do no evil”, but it certainly...
TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL ACCUSES GOOGLE OF WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE
The allegations surfaced in a court filing earlier this...
HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO PREVENT U.N. INTERNET REGULATION
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., championed the resolution, which...
SAVEME.COM WINS REVERSE DOMAIN HIJACKING DECISION AT WIPO
I have the distinct privilege of calling Rick Schwartz...
LAWMAKERS BLAST U.N. “POWER GRAB” FOR THE INTERNET
The U.S. government wants to bring as much ammunition...
FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE IS FORMING THE INTERNET DEFENSE LEAGUE
“The Internet Blackout was just the beginning,” the league...
NEW YORK PROPOSES BAN ON ANONYMOUS POSTS
A resulting bill, known as the Internet Protection Act...
THE CONSTITUTION PROJECT AND OTHER GROUPS CALL SENATE CYBERSECURITY BILLS ‘FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED
After blasting a controversial House cybersecurity information-sharing bill, then...
FACEBOOK CO-FOUNDER EDUARDO SAVERIN GIVES UP U.S. CITIZENSHIP
Facebook plans to raise as much as $11.8 billion...
THERE IS SOMETHING DRASTICALLY WRONG WITH ICANN
I met with a United States Congressman today who...
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ANNOUNCES CINCO DE MAYO SALE FOR SPONSORS
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is presenting a unique opportunity for Sponsors and...
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION GETS OUTSIDE COUNSEL IN GOOGLE INVESTIGATION
The FTC is examining Google’s immensely powerful and lucrative...
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES CISPA
The House of Representatives passed on Thursday a controversial...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART X
The latest chapter in Government takeover of Cyberspace Freedom...
BIG BROTHER BILL “CISPA” GAINS OPPOSITION
Last-minute opposition to the CISPA, which has been criticized...
EX-LOVER PUNISHED FOR FACEBOOK REVENGE
A jilted boyfriend who put nude pictures of his...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART IX
Rumors that Iran plans to ‘shut down the internet’...
CONGRATULATIONS TO RICK SCHWARTZ ON HIS BLOG’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY
It seems like a century ago when I first...
ZYNGA IN TALKS WITH WYNN RESORTS FOR ONLINE-GAMBLING DEAL
Eager to marry the popularity of social gaming with...
FACEBOOK RELEASES ZUCKERBERG’S HARVARD DAYS EMAILS
For the first time, Facebook released a trove of...
PAYPAL SPARKS FUROR OVER LIMITS ON “OBSCENE” E-BOOKS
PayPal sent an email on Feb 18 to Mark...
CIVIL LIBERTARIANS SLAM McCAIN CYBERSECURITY BILL
“This is a privacy nightmare that will eventually result...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART VIII
About a dozen Internet providers had since Saturday blocked...
WEB PRIVACY GUARANTY? CRITICS REMAIN SKEPTICAL
The White House has proposed ab online privacy “BILL...
F.T.C. TELLS EPIC TO MIND ITS OWN BUSINESS ABOUT GOOGLE
Last year, Google signed a consent decree with the...
MICROSOFT ACCUSES GOOGLE OF BYPASSING INTERNET EXPLORER PRIVACY SETTINGS
“When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed...
GOOGLE’S IPHONE TRACKING GETS COMPLAINTS
The companies have been using special computer code that...
EPIC FILES SUIT AGAINST GOOGLE ON PRIVACY CHANGES
Google’s plan to streamline privacy settings for some 60...
E.U. WANTS GOOGLE TO DELAY PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES
The move is a shot across the bow for...
LAWMAKER WANTS PROBE OF GOOGLE’S PRIVACY CHANGES
In a separate statement, Markey plans to ask the...
EUROPE WEIGHS TOUGH LAW ON ONLINE PRIVACY
The proposed data protection regulation from the European Commission,...
WIPO UPDATE III — WHO IS IN YOUR CORNER THIS TIME?
Last week we published the results of our survey...
WAS 2011 A GOOD YEAR FOR YOU?
A year ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer....
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LOSES UDRP TO ATTORNEYS FOR MILITARY CLAIMANTS IN SEPARATE LAWSUIT
In a case filed with the National Arbitration Forum,...
NAF UPDATE III – WHO IS IN YOUR CORNER?
During the past 6 months, there have been a...
SENATORS CALL FOR FTC PROBE OF GOOGLE
Committee Chairman Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah)...
GRIPE SITE PISSEDCONSUMER.COM WINS ROUND IN LAWSUIT
The companies — software developer Ascentive and mattress manufacturer...
US IMMIGRATION SERVICES BLASTED FOR DOMAIN SEIZURES
Since its launch in June 2010, the initiative, spearheaded...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART VII
Opening a two-day conference on digital freedom sponsored by...
SENATORS WARN ICANN TO TREAD CAREFULLY WITH NEW gTLDS
Kurt Pritz,a senior vice president at ICANN, said the...
BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS OFFER ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL TO ONLINE PIRACY BILLS
A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers released...
PATIENT SUES DENTIST WHO CHARGED HIM FOR BAD REVIEWS
Robert Lee was compelled to sign a privacy agreement...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART VI
Opponents of the PCIPA say that it is not...
THE TIDE SEEMS TO HAVE TURNED AGAINST THE STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT
“Need to find a better solution than #SOPA #DontBreakTheInternet,”...
LEGO LOSES UDRP ON LEGOWORKSHOP.COM
In a WIPO action decided on October 1st, the...
GOOGLE CEO SCHMIDT TELLS U.S. SENATE THAT GOOGLE DOESN’T DOMINATE SEARCH
“Google has many strong competitors,” Schmidt said in answers...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART V
Foreign Secretary William Hague said the fact that criminals...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART IV
Controversy over a new copyright bill continues to grow...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART III
The United States and other democracies around the world...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM – PART II
This is the second in a series of blogs...
GOVERNMENT POWER IS TAKING OVER CYBERSPACE FREEDOM
On August 6, 1991, a little over 20 years...
IPADS MAY ELIMINATE FREE HOTEL WI-FI
If, like me, you have been complaining about unusually...
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AND ZENSCROW.COM TEAM UP TO OFFER SELLERS “2ND BITE”
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has partnered with Zenscrow.com to offer bidders guaranteed...
EUROPE PLANS CHARTER TO SAFEGUARD INTERNET USER
Internet activists say governments ranging from Egypt to Pakistan...
PREMIUM CATEGORY KILLER DOMAIN HEADLINES T.R.A.F.F.I.C. LIVE AUCTION
Fort Lauderdale, FL and Six Nations of the Grand...
GOOGLE RIVALS TO TESTIFY IN ANTITRUST ASSAULT IN D.C.
In a preview of today’s Senate antitrust hearing on...
APPLE CUTS -JEW OR NOT JEW APP- FROM FRENCH APP STORE
Anti-Semitism is still alive and kicking in Europe and...
U.S. GRAND JURY CONDUCTS CRIMINAL PROBE OF EBAY EMPLOYEES
The two companies have been feuding for years in...
CAROL BARTZ: YAHOO “F—ED ME OVER”
Last evening, barely 24 hours after Yahoo chairman Roy...
DDOS ATTACK ON FELLOW DOMAIN BLOGGER FROM FRAUD EXPOSE
Hi all, Some of you may or may not...
CEO’s OUSTER THROWS YAHOO’S FUTURE INTO UNCERTAINTY
The move had analysts and bloggers buzzing over the...
STARWOOD HOTELS CAN’T WIN UDRP FOR USE OF “W” OR “FOUR POINTS”
In a WIPO case decided July 25th by sole...
FALSE ADVERTISING SUIT CAN PROCEED AGAINST GROUPON
A U.S. judge said parts of a false advertising...
ICANN DEPARTURES AFTER NEW TLD VOTE DRAW CRITICISM
Four days after Dengate Thrush finished his term as...
WIPO PANEL DENIES CLAIM EVEN THOUGH DOMAIN IS USED IN “BAD FAITH”
In a case decided August 2nd by Sole Panelist,...
FACEBOOK SAYS CEGLIA CONTRACT DOESN’T MENTION FACEBOOK
Facebook Inc. says it’s discovered the “authentic contract” signed...
BUSINESSES IN U.S. COMPLAIN OF .XXX SHAKEDOWN
Lawyers for the most storied brands in the United...
ARE WE DROWNING IN LIQUIDITY?
Drowning In Liquidity? Here’s a term I’ve heard for...
MOST ADULT INTERNET USERS USE EMAIL AND SEARCH -HOW ABOUT YOU?
While increasing numbers of savvy Internet users may Tweet...
FACEBOOK CALLS EVIDENCE ‘SMOKING GUN’ IN CEGLIA CASE
Facebook Inc. said its inspection of computers turned over...
WIPO COMPLAINT BROUGHT BY LAW FIRM FOUND ABUSIVE; COMPLAINANT IS GUILTY OF RDNH
Sole Panelist, Tony Willoughby, gives a well-thought-out explanation of...
JUDGE TOSSES OUT WINKLEVOSS TWINS V. FACEBOOK CASE
A federal judge in Boston has handed Cameron and...
JOHN BERRYHILL BEATS HOLY MOTHER IN UDRP CASE
In a WIPO case decided on June 22nd, 2...
UDRP PANEL SAYS THAT FREE SPEECH IS NOT JUST A U.S. CONCEPT
In the recent WIPO case of Nippon Paper Industries...
UDRP CLAIM DENIED THOUGH NO RESPONSE WAS FILED
In a new case decided on June 30th at...
A GEO COMMON LAW TRADEMARK REQUIRES SPECIFIC PROOF IN NEW UDRP CASE
In a case decided on June 30th, by Carolyn...
GRANDMA SUED BY PORN MOVIE STUDIO
The Palm Beach County grandmother whose 14-year-old grandson set...
A COMPANY NAME DOES NOT GIVE RISE TO A COMMON LAW TRADEMARK
Just because a company has used its name to...
WHEN DOES A PARKED DOMAIN NAME TRUMP A PRE-REGISTERED TRADEMARK?
A recent case at the National Arbitration Forum was...
SOMETIMES YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO RESPOND TO A UDRP COMPLAINT, IF YOU THAT YOU’RE RIGHT
No response was filed by the Domain Registrant of...
THE GOURMET DEPOT LOSES UDRP WITH COMMON LAW TRADEMARK
In the recent NAF case of The Gourmet Depot...
WINKLEVOSS UPDATE – TWINS TO FILE ANOTHER SUIT AGAINST FACEBOOK
In a status report filed on Thursday with the...
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Everybody needs an outlet to let others know what...
PARKING PAGE VS. SALE PAGE- WHICH ONE IS BETTER?
I want to start out by thanking everyone for...
WELCOME TO MY BLOG
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May 21st, 2014
New lawsuit accuses Google of AdSense fraud

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A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Google accuses the tech titan of engaging in widespread fraud by canceling AdSense accounts just before they were due to pay out.

The suit relies in part on recent accusations that Google developed an AdSense fraud scheme in 2009 to prevent publishers from collecting money that Google owed them. AdSense is a major advertiser partner network for Google that accounts for about a quarter of Google’s annual revenue. In 2013, Google earned $57.86 billion in revenue.

“Google’s actions constitute breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law,” the filing with the US District Court for the Northern District of California states. The lawsuit is seeking class action status so that it can represent all US-based AdSense users whose accounts were disabled or terminated when Google refused to pay them their final payment.

The case was filed by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro on behalf of Free Range Content, the California-based owner of Repost.us, which had been using AdSense to display ads. Free Range Content alleges that it first noticed an unusual jump of $40,000 in its AdSense earnings this past February. The company says that it reported the anomaly to Google, and was scheduled to speak with an AdSense representative on March 6 when Google disabled their account two days before the call. Google, the suit alleges, refused further contact with Free Range Content.

The anonymous accusation from the end of April alleged that Google had an internal policy that included a color-coded plan detailing when to block or approve different kinds of AdSense subscribers, called AdSense Quality Control Color Codes.

“We were told to begin banning accounts that were close to their payout period (which is why account bans never occur immediately after a payout). The purpose was to get that money owed to publishers back to Google AdSense, while having already served up the ads to the public,” read the accusation, which had been posted on PasteBin and reposted Reddit.

Matt Cutts, the executive in charge of Google’s Web spam team, decried the claims as a “conspiracy-laden fake, from the typos to wrong terminology to untrue policies to the lack of specific names of people.”

However, Google did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

Google’s motto of “Do no Evil” must simply apply to the advertisers they’re dealing with and not to them.

Thanks to Seth Rosenblatt and CNET, and

thanks for “listening”.

Howard

14 thoughts on “New lawsuit accuses Google of AdSense fraud

  1. Happened to me too. I was always very careful to follow the TOS, and my account was banned with no explanation.

  2. This happened to me. I was banned from AdSense about a week before the previous month’s payment was to arrive. Reason given was “misleading headers” which is extremely vague. I had my account since the beginning (’05 or so). I hope justice will prevail.

  3. Google accused me of Adsense fraud and never gave me a chance to express myself. I was very sure they had something fishy going on, but what can a single individual do?

    I am happy someone stood up against them.

  4. Yes i am almost sure that Google has scammed persons in millions. Adsense is also scam because estimated click revenue is never the same as planned in thei keyword tool. Scam

  5. Same thing Google was to pay me $3000 check and next thing I know Boom your banned.. Won’t talk to me or awnser my emails. I tried for 3 months this happed to me back in 2007 it’s been going on for a long time.. They have probably taking billions of dollars.. The also let my company loose of $20,000 to click fraud I could show the ip of a competitor that was hitting for 2 years.. After spending $60,000. With them I closed my act… This scandal is so deep damages could be in the billions.. People have been predicting this for many years.. Sell your google Stock now!

  6. Same here. After years having an account that never broke the $100 payment threshold, I was elated when I received an email from Google that notified me I had a verified balance of $109.42, payable at the end of the month. Three days later, BOOM, account cancelled! No money, no explanation, no recourse. If they make this a class action suit… I’m all in.

  7. You can already tell this is going to snowball as more and more people step in and say “this happened to me”.
    Google are going to have some serious problems in the coming months as we see how many people this actually affected. It’s about time.

  8. Been there, done something similar
    They are bad on ad words too. Make a mistake on an ad you want to run, accidentally run a campaign that used 5k overnight, (This account has never used 5k over a month, much less over night.)
    Call Google to explain errors in ad and the fact the 5k was supposed to be over a much longer period., everything goes bad. Even when the target of the ad was the mistake and no one benefited from the ad. Even when the entire ad emptied overnight on the wrong side of the world, the one that was awake.
    Google did not want to help. They wanted the money. Since they are the only game in town they don’t have to care about the customer.
    I had to cancel the account and run a charge back on the funds. Got the money back but Google thinks it is still owed. Account closed by them, No access to previous records either.

  9. I’ll be watching this one very, very closely. They did EXACTLY this to me. Payment was on its way and, “Boom!” Sorry, we’ve detected fraud, but we can’t tell you who, what, where, how, how much, etc., because that would violate our proprietary system.

    I hope, if nothing else, that proprietary system is displayed for the world to see, and Google ends up having to pay BILLIONS to publishers and attorneys to handle this.

    Could become a good time to watch the stock and short it at the appropriate time.

    I’m such a stinker.

    • I’m with you Danny, I’m sure they’ve done EXACTLY THE SAME THING TO THOUSANDS OR MORE. I had a small account when i first started blogging and after a month or two i received an email accusing me of click fraud and advising me I was banned for life.. I’m glad I found other alternatives and advertisers.

  10. Happened to me last October, end of month. I had an AdSense person actually call me to review the site. All seemed well. Then they canceled my account leaving over $5,000 on the table. After 7 years. It is almost like if you get fired from your job on the 30th. but the company won’t pay for the the last month. In my opinion, it doesn’t much matter why they cancel the account. For cause or not. They can do what they want. BUT they should be paying for ads already served.

  11. This would be very interesting to have a peak behind the curtain and learn about the sudden bans with no reasoning or correspondence behind them. Google is all too happy to let you place the Adsense code snippet on your website, but the moment they decide to ban you they seemingly cannot take the 2 minutes to explain to you the reason for the ban. They expect people to lay there and take it, so nice to see someone saying enough is enough and forcing the issue through the legal system.