PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S.
Justice Department announced Wednesday that Google Inc. has agreed to pay $500
million for allowing online ads from Canadian pharmacies to show up in U.S. Web
Associated Press reported.
The settlement means Google
will not face criminal prosecution for accusations that it improperly profited
from ads promoting Canadian pharmacies that illegally imported drugs into the
The settlement marks the first
time an Internet search engine has been held responsible for the illegal
distribution of drugs.
sends a clear message to both Google and to others that contribute to America’s
pill problem that they will be held to account for endangering the health and
safety of the residents of this district and to persons all across the United
States,” said Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.