3 April 2012: The Full Federal Court has unanimously upheld the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s appeal filed in October 2011 against Google. The Full Court declared that Google, by publishing the four advertisements that were the subject of the ACCC appeal on result pages of the Google Australia website, engaged in conduct that was misleading or deceptive, or likely to mislead or deceive, in breach of section 52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974. The Full Court also ordered it to put in place a consumer law compliance programme and pay the ACCC’s costs of the appeal.
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