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Google fined $500 million for ads promoting Canadian pharmacies in US

August 25, 2011
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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 browsers, The 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 United States.

The settlement marks the first time an Internet search engine has been held responsible for the illegal distribution of drugs.

“It 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.
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