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Google, Yahoo Lose Bid to Dismiss Gambling Ad Suit

7 Jun 2005

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by Bloomberg: "Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc., and other Internet search engines lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two gamblers over advertisements promoting online casinos.

"California state Judge Richard Kramer in San Francisco ruled that the suit, filed against Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves Inc. and 10 other search engines and Web sites, can proceed with the evidence gathering process in the case.

"The suits target ads that appear alongside Internet search results, an industry that is expected to grow by 34 percent to $5.16 billion in the United States this year, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The suit highlights the regulatory issues search engine companies face when displaying certain types of advertising, such as online casinos or company trademarks.

"...The two gamblers, Mario Cisneros and Michael Voight, used sponsored links at search engines or Web sites to find online casinos where they lost money, Rothken said. Under California law, any money recovered must go to charities, he said..."

 
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