SAN JOSE – A Vacaville individual has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Mountain View tech company alleging it did not protect its advertisers from per-click overcharges on online ads.

Gurminder Singh filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on July 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division against Google Inc. alleging breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered damages as a result of an invalid click activity on a pay-per-click advertising campaign through Google's AdWords program. The plaintiff holds Google Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly represented that invalid clicks account for only less than 10 percent of all clicks in AdWords ads, but upon testing plaintiff found out that it was much more than what the defendant advertised. Because of the invalid clicks, the plaintiff alleges the defendant receives billions of dollars in additional profits annually.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, restitution, disgorgement, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Todd M. Schneider and Kyle G. Bates of Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP in Emeryville.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division Case number 5:16-cv-03734-HRL

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