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Possible Anti-Trust Lawsuit In The Pipeline For Google?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Gyuman82, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Gyuman82

    Gyuman82 Elite Member

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    Kind of interesting timing with all the chaos going on that the FTC may take Google to court.

    Check the New York Times article here:

    Edit: link removed as I couldn't get it to work.

    FML Here is the copy and paste from the New York Times:

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    Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google on Thursday by hiring a prominent litigator, sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court.

    The Federal Trade Commission is examining Google's immensely powerful and lucrative search technology, which directs users to hundreds of millions of online and offline destinations every day. The case has the potential to be the biggest showdown between regulators and Silicon Valley since the government took on Microsoft 14 years ago.


    Then as now, the core question is whether power was abused. The agency's inquiry has focused on whether Google has manipulated its search results, making it less likely that competing companies or products appear at the top of a results page.


    A spokeswoman for Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., declined to comment.


    Federal Trade Commission officials cautioned that no decision had been made about whether to bring a formal case against Google. But the hiring of Beth A. Wilkinson, a former Justice Department prosecutor who played a lead role in the conviction of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, immediately catapulted the investigation to another level. The agency has hired outside litigators only twice in the last decade.


    "It's a watershed moment when you hire someone like this," said David Wales, a former Fed-eral Trade Commission official now in private practice with Jones Day. "This shows Google that if it doesn't give you the remedy you want, you're going to litigate."


    Several antitrust experts compared the hiring of Ms. Wilkinson — who has brought about 40 major cases in government and private practice and won them all — to the government's hiring of David A. Boies to represent it against Microsoft.


    "It increases the likelihood that there will be a case," said Douglas Broder, a law partner at K&L Gates in New York and the author of several textbooks and articles on antitrust law.
    The Microsoft case in the late 1990s transformed the tech industry, reining in its most powerful company and allowing for the rise of new companies like Google. Now Google wields the same sort of power that Microsoft once did, and is under the same sort of scrutiny.


    It has been involved in one privacy controversy after another over the last year. Indeed, the announcement of the hiring of Ms. Wilkinson — made by the Federal Trade Commission's chairman, Jon Leibowitz, at a meeting in San Francisco with reporters — eclipsed Google's formal response earlier Thursday to a fine by the Federal Communications Commission for obstructing a separate investigation.
    "In an important case, you want to do a thorough investigation," Mr. Leibowitz said, calling Ms. Wilkinson "a world-class litigator."


    Ms. Wilkinson is a partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss in Washington. She previously worked at Latham & Watkins, where she was co-chairwoman of the white-collar crime practice group. Her work at the F.T.C., which will be part-time, begins on Monday.


    "Technology is transforming our society," Ms. Wilkinson said in an interview. "It affects people at every level. As a mother, I see it with my kids. As a professional, I see it affecting our work. And in society, it impacts privacy, competition, our interactions with other people — just about everything."


    She added: "Working on the investigation will be a great challenge. I don't underestimate Google."


    No one else was underestimating it Thursday either.


    Mr. Broder said antitrust cases charging the abuse of a monopoly are difficult to prove.


    "There is a lot of very complex economics involved," he said. "It can be done. But Google will undoubtedly bring to bear tremendous resources itself."


    Any decision about filing a suit is likely to be months away.
     
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  2. mikepaxston

    mikepaxston Registered Member

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    that link is no good...it asks you to log in!!
     
  3. Gyuman82

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    Edit I just copy and pasted the article from the New York Times. It was published 04/26/12
     
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    This fine could be $16,000 per violation per day, and what's hilarious is that it's for cookie stuffing. That's black hat as hell. Could be a huge amount they have to pay.

    edit: Oh, and I'm talking about the privacy fine for Safari cookie stuffing, which is for a much greater amount that what they got for anti-trust.

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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/17/google_ftc_fine_safari_privacy_gaffe/
     
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    I just copy and pasted the article above as I couldn't get the link to work.
     
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  7. mikepaxston

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    Fuck all this.....I knew they were up to no good.......Im using yahoo from now on!!
    lol

    :D

    thanks for sharing!
     
  8. beakerhat

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    Yes, it is true that Google has been manipulating search results. Its board of directors have been behind this. Did anyone up here go to wordpress blog called googleexposed? It has juicy info about their criminal activities.
     
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    G has grown so big they can't possibly deal with all the hate coming their way..because there is a degree of subjectivity in all laws and they will have problems now. They should have decided it's not worth making 5% of search results better for the cost of having a billion people hate on them. Just saying.
     
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    They deserve it. They destroy millions of people's businesses. So good that they are getting their ass kicked now.
     
  11. mikepaxston

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    We DONT want to see Google fall!!

    Remember they are the best paying advertising network out there!!

    No One Pays Better!!

    Anyway.... Just saying....They need to get their crap together no doubt, but we DONT want to see them fall!!

    Im praying they do well, and we all do well with them!!

    Thats my thought on this subject!
     
  12. vothiquynhyen

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    You are kidding right? I'm sorry but if you are a powerful monopoly, you will not "get your crap together" just because many people tell you to. In fact, we can use CPA, affiliate marketing among a bunch of other methods to generate money.
     
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    And who is forcing who to use google again? Another lawsuit by the govt. for no reason at all. If people are unhappy go make your better version. Otherwise let the market dictate what happens.
     
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    This is one of the most ridiculous comment. If google falls the other good ones will appear since a monopoly broken. And finally we could be able to have some support.

    Right now there is 0 support.
    They have google top bit**hes ( top contributors) at the forum and nothing else.
    Those TCs has 0 online business knowladge lol. And they would even sell themselves just for defending google actions.
     
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    Business should have lifespan and stop bitching and do something to win it. If you in business you should expect it. If not some1 business model get destroyed, how the new one raise up/ make them to provide better service?
     
  16. jethro

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    If G fall we will have an easier life...why? because other SE will know that the power is in the hand of BHers and if they made a wrong change they'll burn money and loose customers (and it's the first thing for a company)! At the moment we use G 'cause it's the most used..if users move to another SE we will move to the other one...we don't take care of the name of the SE but only on how many users use it!
     
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    I wonder how many marketers here that are blasting google for manipulating their results do not in fact do the same/similar things themselves.

    How many marketers do not have manipulated reviews on their sites? This is simply how business is done.
     
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    I don't really care if they sue google or not.As long as it's the top search engine i'll continue to manipulate it's rankings to gain no.1 spots :)
     
  19. ramen noodles

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    It is unlikely that G will fall as a result of this any more than Microsoft fell. We could, however, see the company broken up into several smaller companies. So, Adsense may still exist, it'll just be a separate company.