Shareholder Sues Google For Aiding Illegal Drug Sales

Judge's gavelA Google shareholder has filed a lawsuit against Google CEO Larry Page and the entire board of directors for unspecified damages because the company allowed advertising from online pharmacies and facilitated the “illegal importation” of drugs.

The lawsuit follows the news of Google’s deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to forfeit $500 million obtained in AdWords advertising revenue from so-called “rogue” pharmacies in Canada and elsewhere, and reports that Page knew what was going on.

“Google’s annual reports from 2003 to 2009 were false and misleading because the company didn’t disclose revenue from the improper advertising,” according to the complaint obtained by Bloomberg. The complaint was filed Monday on behalf of Patricia M. McKenna of Pennsylvania in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in San Jose.

Google has yet to publicly comment on the lawsuit.

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Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.