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Stern v. Google

By - August 08, 2005

SternApparently Howard Stern, and/or folks who work for/with him, are suing Google for misrepresenting AdWords budgets. Now this should be good. (via Threadwatch)

The plaintiffs are seeking class action status. They say that Google’s daily budget limits are misrepresented and that Google “continues to bill plaintiffs and all other members of the class in excess of the daily budgets,” creating in effect a monthly budget limit made up of the sum of the daily budget multiplied by the number of days in the month.

Google does indicate that it will refund customers charged more than 120 percent of a daily budget, but the lawsuit gives examples that allege regular violation of this policy, with one example campaign running from between 121 and 162 percent of overdelivery, all charged to one of the plaintiffs.

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3 thoughts on “Stern v. Google

  1. Tim Case says:

    Are we sure that this is Howard Stern, as in the King of All Media, that is filing the lawsuit?

    The article says, “The suit does not make clear why it involved Howard Stern, **a New Jerseyite**, other than to say that he is an AdWords customer similarly affected along with the rest of the class.”

    Howard Stern, as in the King of All Media, is not nor has ever been, a New Jersite…

  2. MikeM says:

    In any case this is more bad pr for Google. Letterman and now Stern. Both are very influencial in their own niche.
    One way for G to atone is to take it head on. Page or Brin should take a New York media junket and make an appearance on both shows.

  3. It isn’t Howard Stern, King of All Media, behind this lawsuit. It is someone who just happens to share his name. See the explanation here.