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Google settles U.S. shareholder lawsuit over online drug ads

09
Aug
2014

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc has agreed to create a $250 million internal program to disrupt rogue online pharmacies as part of a deal to end shareholder litigation over accusations the search company improperly allowed ads from non-U.S. drug sellers. Google said it would make content about prescription drug abuse more visible and work with legitimate pharmacies to counter marketing by rogue sellers, documents filed in an Oakland, California federal court on Thursday showed. Google will allocate and spend at least $50 million a year to the internal effort for at least five years under the settlement. We’ve been investing very significantly to fight rogue online pharmacies, and have stopped millions of ads from appearing, a Google spokesman said in an email.

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