Google loses Australia advert case
03 April 2012, 13:41
Sydney - Internet giant Google was Tuesday found guilty of false and
misleading advertising in Australia after a court upheld an appeal by
the country's competition regulator.
Google had won a case
brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in
September over claims that sponsored links at the top of its search
results were misleading to consumers.
But the watchdog appealed in four of the 11 cases and the Federal Court overturned the original decision.
our respectful opinion, the primary judge erred in failing to conclude
that Google engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in the four
cases," the court ruled.
It said that ads using keywords for
Honda, Harvey World Travel, Alpha Dog Training and Just 4X4 Magazine
were published by Google and led consumers to rival company websites.
court ordered Google, the dominant search engine in the Australian
market, to pay the ACCC's costs and implement a compliance programme.
The search engine said it was considering its options.
are disappointed by the Federal Court's decision that Google should be
responsible for the content of four particular ads on its platform,"
Google said in a statement.
"Google AdWords is an ads hosting
platform and we believe that advertisers should be responsible for the
ads they create on the AdWords platform.
"We are currently reviewing our options in light of the court's decision."