Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Google fined $500M for illegal drug ads

So much for making money without doing evil.
Google Inc. has agreed to forfeit $500 million to the U.S. government for helping Canadian companies illegally market and send prescription drugs to U.S. consumers.
The settlement, announced by the U.S. Justice Department, includes an admission by Mountain View-based Google of wrongdoing and the imposition of compliance and reporting measures to prevent similar conduct in the future. Google acknowledged it let online Canadian pharmacies place advertisements through its AdWords program targeting U.S. consumers, "resulting in the unlawful importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs," the DOJ said.

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