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    Important Legal Notice Regarding Your Google AdWords Account


    WOW! - That was the subject line of the email below...

    This court-ordered notice may affect your legal rights. Please read it carefully. If you purchased online advertising from Google between January 1, 2002 and the present, you are a class member in a class-action lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas. This notice is to inform you of the Court’s certification of a class; the nature of the claims alleged; your right to participate in, or exclude yourself from, the class; a proposed settlement; and how you can claim an award of advertising credits under the settlement. Please read the attached notice.



    You can get more information at: www.clicksettlement.com.



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    Esta notificaçăo de ordem judicial pode afetar seus direitos legais. Por favor, leia com atençăo. Se tiver adquirido anúncios on-line da Google entre 1 de janeiro de 2002 e a data de hoje, vocę faz parte de uma açăo judicial coletiva na Comarca de Miller County, Arkansas. Esta notificaçăo tem como objetivo informá-lo sobre o recurso judicial da açăo coletiva; a natureza do processo judicial; o seu direito de participar ou năo; a açăo coletiva, o acordo proposto, e como solicitar indenizaçăo em créditos para anúncio através de um acordo. Para solicitar uma cópia da notificaçăo em anexo em portuguęs, favor enviar um email para: clicksettlementpo@enotice.info



    Toto soudem nařízené oznámení může ovlivnit vaše zákonná práva. Prosím přečtěte si je pozorně. Pokud jste zakoupili reklamu on-line od Google mezi 1. lednem 2002 a současností, jste členem skupiny ve skupinovém soudním sporu u obvodového soudu okresu Miller County ve státě Arkansas. Toto oznámení vás informuje o soudním potvrzení skupiny; o charakteru údajných škod; o vašem právu se zúčastnit nebo se vyloučit ze skupiny; o navrhovaném vypořádání; a jak můžete vznést nárok na odměnu ve formě dobropisu na reklamu v rámci vypořádání. Pro vyžádání kopie přiloženého oznámení v češtině zašlete prosím e-mail na adresu: clicksettlementcz@enotice.info.



    Deze van gerechtswege verstrekte bekendmaking kan implicaties hebben voor uw wettelijke rechten. Verzoeke hem aandachtig te lezen. Als u in de periode van 1 januari 2002 tot op heden online-advertenties van Google hebt gekocht, bent u ‘class member’ in een ‘class action’ geding dat in het Circuit Court van Miller County, Arkansas (VS) aanhangig is gemaakt. Deze bekendmaking dient om u op de hoogte te stellen van de certificatie van een ‘class’; van de aard van de aantijgingen; van uw recht tot deelname aan, of uitsluiting van, de ‘class’; van een voorgestelde schikking alsmede van de wijze waarop u aanspraak kunt maken op vergoeding van advertentiekosten binnen het kader van de schikking. Stuur voor een Nederlandstalig exemplaar van de geappendeerde bekendmaking een E-mail aan het volgende adres: clicksettlementdu@enotice.info.



    Tällä tuomioistuimen määräämällä ilmoituksella on mahdollisesti vaikutusta laillisiin oikeuksiinne. Lukekaa se huolellisesti. Mikäli olette ostanut Googlelta Internet-mainoksia alkaen tammikuun 1 päivästä 2002 nykyhetkeen saakka, olette ryhmän jäsen ryhmäkanteessa, joka on jätetty Miller Countyn piirituomioistuimelle Arkansasissa. Tämän ilmoituksen tarkoituksena on tiedottaa teille, että tuomioistuin on vahvistanut ryhmän olemassaolon, väitettyjen vaateiden luonteen, teidän oikeutenne osallistua ryhmään tai olla osallistumatta siihen, ehdotetun sovintosopimuksen sekä menettelyn, jonka avulla voitte vaatia mainoshyvitysten myöntämistä sopimuksen nojalla. Saadaksenne kopion oheisesta ilmoituksesta suomen kielellä, olkaa hyvä ja lähettäkää sähköpostiviesti osoitteella clicksettlementfi@enotice.info.




    La présente notification mandatée par les tribunaux peut affecter vos droits en vertu de la loi. Veuillez la lire attentivement. Si vous avez payé pour faire de la publicité en ligne en utilisant Google entre le 1er janvier 2002 et la date d'aujourd'hui, vous ętes automatiquement membre d'un groupe faisant un recours collectif en justice au tribunal d'instance du comté de Miller, en Arkansas. La présente notification a pour objet de vous informer de la reconnaissance par le tribunal de l'action en justice susmentionnée comme recours collectif ; de la nature des plaintes alléguées ; de votre droit de participer ou de refuser de participer au recours collectif ; d'une offre de rčglement ŕ l'amiable ; et de la façon dont vous pouvez revendiquer des crédits ŕ valoir sur de la publicité en application dudit rčglement. Pour demander ŕ recevoir un exemplaire de la notification jointe en langue française, veuillez envoyer un courriel ŕ cette adresse : clicksettlementfr@enotice.info.



    Diese gerichtlich angeordnete Mitteilung kann Ihre Rechte als Käufer berühren. Bitte sorgfältig durchlesen. Wenn Sie in der Zeit vom 1. Januar 2002 bis heute Online-Werbung von Google gekauft haben, sind Sie Partei einer beim Circuit Court of Miller County (US-Gericht), im US-Bundesstaat Arkansas anhängig gemachten Sammelklage. Mit dieser Mitteilung werden Sie von der Entscheidung des Gerichts bezüglich der Annahme einer Klägergruppe im Sinne einer Sammelklage, über die Art der geltend gemachten Ansprüche, über Ihr Recht, der Sammelklage als Partei beizutreten bzw. auf einen Beitritt zu verzichten, über Vergleichsangebote zur Beilegung des Rechtsstreits und über die Art und Weise, wie Sie auf Grund eines Vergleichs gerichtlich zuerkannte Werbegutschriften beanspruchen können. Ein Exemplar der deutschen Version der beigefügten Mitteilung können Sie per Email unter folgender Adresse anfordern: clicksettlementge@enotice.info.



    הודעה זו נשלחה על פי צו של בית המשפט ועשויה להיות לה השפעה על זכויותיך המשפטיות. נא לקרוא אותה בקפידה. אם רכשת פרסום מקוון מחברת Google מיום 1 בינואר 2002 ועד לתאריך הנוכחי, הנך משתייך לקבוצת התובעים בתובענה ייצוגית שהוגשה לבית המשפט האזורי במחוז Miller במדינת ארקנסו. הודעה זו נשלחה על מנת להביא לידיעתך את אישור קבוצת התובעים על ידי בית המשפט; את טבען של התביעות הנטענות; את זכותך להיכלל בקבוצת התובעים או להוציא את עצמך מקבוצת התובעים; את הסדר הפשרה המוצע; וכיצד באפשרותך לתבוע מענק של נקודות זיכוי לפרסום במסגרת הסדר הפשרה. כדי לפנות בבקשה לקבלת עותק של ההודעה המצורפת בעברית, נא לשלוח דוא"ל אל הכתובת: clicksettlementhe@enotice.info.





    A bírósági végzés alapján kiadott jelen közlemény érintheti a törvényes jogaikat, ezért olvassák el gondosan. Amennyiben 2002. január 1-től kezdve mostanáig bármikor online hirdetést vásároltak a Google cégtől, akkor részesei az Arkansas állambeli Miller County bíróságán benyújtott csoportos keresetnek. A közlemény a következőkről ad tájékoztatást: a bíróság tanúsítja a csoport meglétét; ismerteti a kárigényt; a csoporthoz való tartozás és az abból való kimaradás jogát; a javasolt rendezést; valamint azt, hogy annak alapján hogyan lehet hirdetési keretigényt benyújtani. A csatolt közlemény magyar nyelvű változatát a clicksettlementhu@enotice.info címre írt elektronikus levélben lehet igényelni.



    Questa notifica ordinata dal tribunale puň influire sui suoi diritti legali. Č pregato di leggerla attentamente. Se lei ha acquistato pubblicitŕ in linea da Google nel perioda dal primo gennaio 2002 ad oggi, lei puň far parte di una azione legale collettiva intentata presso la corte di circuito della contea di Miller, Arkansas. Con questa notifica lei viene informato della certificazione legale di azione collettiva; della natura delle rivendicazioni asserite; del suo diritto di parteciparvi o di esservi escluso; della composizione proposta e del modo in cui puň rivendicare un risarcimento per crediti pubblicitari ai sensi della composizione stessa. Per richiedere una copia della notifica allegata in italiano, č pregato di inviare una e-mail a questo indirizzo: clicksettlementit@enotice.info.



    裁判所命令による本通知は、皆様の法的権利に関係する可能性がありますので、必ずお読みください。2002 年1月1日から現在までの間に、グーグル社より提供されたオンライン広告をご利用いただいた方は、アーカン サス州ミラー郡巡回裁判所における集団訴訟の原告団の一員となります。本通知は、同裁判所の原告団認定、申 し立て請求の性質、原告団参加上の権利または参加しない権利、原告団、和解案、ならびに和解契約に基く広告 料の控除の請求方法などについて通知するものです。

    添付した通知の日本語版が必要な方は、次のアドレスまで電子メールをお送りください。clicksettl ementja@enotice.info




    본 법원 명령 고지는 귀하의 법적 권리에 영향을 미칠 수 있습니다. 본 고지를 세심히 읽으시기 바랍니다. 2002년 1월 1일에서 현재 사이에 Google로부터 온라인 광고를 구매하신 경우, 귀하는 아칸소주 밀러 카운티 고등법원에 계류된 집단 소송의 일원이 됩니다. 본 고지는, 법원의 집단 증명, 주장 청구권의 성격, 귀하의 집단 소송 참여 또는 제외 권리, 제안 타협안, 타협안에 따라 광고 크레딧의 제공을 청구하는 방법 등을 귀하에게 알려드리기 위한 것입니다. 유첨 고지서의 한국어 본을 원하시면, 다음 주소로 이메일을 보내십시오: clicksettlementko@enotice.info.



    Denne rettslige kunngjřringen er utferdiget i henhold til domsbeslutning og kan pĺvirke dine juridiske rettigheter. Les nřye gjennom den. Hvis du har kjřpt nettannonse eller -reklame fra Google mellom 1. januar 2002 og dagens dato, inngĺr du som medlem av et gruppesřksmĺl i Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas (USA). Denne kunngjřringen informerer deg om rettens sertifisering av en gruppe, de pĺstĺtte kravenes natur, retten din til ĺ vćre med i eller stĺ utenfor gruppen, et forliksforslag samt hvordan du kan melde deg for ĺ fĺ annonseringskredit i henhold til forliket. Hvis du řnsker et eksemplar av vedlagte kunngjřring pĺ norsk, skal du sende en e-post til fřlgende adresse: clicksettlementno@enotice.info.



    Niniejsze, wydane nakazem sądowym zawiadomienie może mieć wpływ na przysługujące Ci prawa. Przeczytaj je uważnie. Jeżeli w okresie od 1 stycznia 2002 do chwili obecnej zakupiłeś od firmy Google reklamę internetową, kwalifikujesz się jako uczestnik grupy, w imieniu której wytaczany jest tej firmie pozew grupowy przed Sądem Obwodowym Powiatu Miller w stanie Arkansas. Celem tego zawiadomienia jest poinformowanie Ciebie o zatwierdzeniu przez Sąd grupy pozywającej, o charakterze roszczeń, o Twoim prawie do uczestniczenia w grupie lub wykluczenia się z niej, o proponowanym porozumieniu polubownym oraz o tym, jak należy zgłaszać się o przyznanie kredytów reklamowych przewidzianych w porozumieniu. Po egzemplarz zawiadomienia w języku polskim należy zwrócić się pocztą elektroniczną na adres: clicksettlementpl@enotice.info .



    Настоящее уведомление по постановлению суда может иметь отношение к вашим законным правам, поэтому просим внимательно прочитать его. Если вы приобретали рекламу в режиме онлайн у компании Google в период с 1 января 2002 года по настоящее время, вы являетесь соистцом в рамках группового иска, возбужденного в Окружном суде графства Миллер (штат Арканзас). Настоящим вы ставитесь в известность об аттестации группового иска судом; о характере выдвигаемых требований; о вашем праве участия в иске или выхода из состава соистцов; о предлагаемом урегулировании, а также о порядке осуществления притязаний на присуждение зачитываемых рекламных очков в рамках урегулирования. Заказать экземпляр прилагаемого уведомления на русском языке можно по электронной почте по адресу: clicksettlementru@enotice.info.



    本法院命令的通知可能会影响您的法定权利。请仔细阅读。如果您曾于2002年1月1日至目前向Google 购买网上广告,您是在阿肯色州美来县(Miller County)巡回法院提出的集体诉讼之成员。本通知的目的是通知您本院确认该集体诉讼;提出诉讼之性质; 您参加,或拒绝参加集体诉讼的权利;和解建议;及您如何可在和解中索取广告信用。如需索取本通知的简体中文 译本,请发电子邮件至﹕clicksettlementch@enotice.info。



    Este aviso ordenado por el tribunal puede afectar sus derechos legales. Sírvase leerlo detenidamente. Si usted compró publicidad en línea a Google entre el 1ş de enero de 2002 y el presente, usted es miembro de una clase en una demanda judicial de acción colectiva interpuesta en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia del Condado Miller, Arkansas. Este aviso es para informarle sobre la certificación de la clase que efectuó el Tribunal; la naturaleza de las demandas argumentadas; su derecho a participar o no participar en la clase; un acuerdo extra-judicial propuesto; y cómo usted puede reclamar se le adjudiquen créditos para publicidad en virtud del acuerdo extra-judicial. Para solicitar una copia del aviso adjunto en espańol, envíe un correo electrónico a esta dirección: clicksettlementsp@enotice.info.



    Detta rättsliga meddelande är utfärdat enligt domstolsbeslut och kan pĺverka dina juridiska rättigheter. Meddelandet ska läsas noggrant. Om du köpte online-annons av Google mellan 1 januari 2002 och dagens datum innebär det att du är medlem i en grupptalan vars stämningsansökning har inlämnats i Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas (USA). Meddelandet är avsett att underrätta dig om domstolens certifiering av grupp, ansprĺkens beskaffenhet, din rättighet att gĺ med i eller gĺ ur gruppen, förlikningsförslag, samt hur man anmäler sig för att fĺ annonseringskredit enligt förlikningen. För att erhĺlla ett exemplar av det bifogade rättsliga meddelandet pĺ svenska, var god skicka ett e-postmeddelande till följande adress: clicksettlementsw@enotice.info.



    本法院命令的通知可能會影響您的法定權利。請仔細閱讀。如果您曾於2002年1月1日至目前向Google 購買網上廣告,您是在阿肯色州美來縣(Miller County)巡迴法院提出的集體訴訟之成員。本通知的目的是通知您本院確認該集體訴訟;提出訴訟之性質; 您參加,或拒絕參加集體訴訟的權利;和解建議;及您如何可在和解中索取廣告信用。如需索取本通知的繁體中文 譯本,請發電子郵件至﹕clicksettlementct@enotice.info。



    Mahkeme tarafından çıkarılan bu bildirim yasal haklarınızı etkileyebilir. Lütfen dikkatle okuyun. 1 Ocak 2002 tarihinden bugüne kadar geçen süre içinde Google’den online reklam satın aldıysanız ABD’nin Arkansas Eyaleti’nin Miller İlçesi Bölge Mahkemesi’nde açılan bir toplu davaya davacı olarak katılmaktasınız. Bu bildirim size Mahkeme’nin bu dava grubunu kabulü, dava dilekçesinin içeriği, sizin bu davaya katılma veya bu davanın dışında kalma hakkınız, dava grubu, teklif edilen anlaşma ve yapılan anlaşma sonucu alacağınız reklam kredilerini nasıl alacağınız konusunda bilgiler sunulmaktadır. Ekteki bildirimin Türkçe bir nüshasını istiyorsanız lütfen clicksettlementtu@enotice.info adresine e-posta gönderin.



    This court-ordered notice may affect your legal rights. Please read it carefully. If you purchased online advertising from Google between January 1, 2002 and the present, you are a class member in a class-action lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas. This notice is to inform you of the Court’s certification of a class; the nature of the claims alleged; your right to participate in, or exclude yourself from, the class; a proposed settlement; and how you can claim an award of advertising credits under the settlement. To request a copy of the attached notice in English, please send an email to this address: clicksettlementuk@enotice.info.



    Denne retskendelse pĺvirker muligvis dine juridiske rettigheder. Lćs den grundigt igennem. Hvis du křbte online-reklamer fra Google mellem d. 1. januar 2002 og i dag, er du medlem af et kollektivt sřgsmĺl ved distriktsdomstolen i Miller County, Arkansas i USA. Denne meddelelse har til formĺl at informere dig om rettens certificering af en klasse; arten af de pĺstande der gřres gćldende; din ret til deltagelse i eller udelukkelse fra klassen; en foreslĺet retsforlig; og hvorledes du ifřlge retsforliget kan gřre krav pĺ erstatning i form af reklametilgodehavender. Fĺ en dansk version af den vedhćftede kendelse tilsendt ved at e-maile denne adresse: clicksettlementda@enotice.info.
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    My first thoughts - a scam - to acquire email addresses for spamming lists.

    The site doesn't seem to load - could a bandwidth problem due to traffic.

    Since the domain isn't in Google, Yahoo, or MSN - it seems suspicious.
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    I have same kind of emails today - 3 times, but emails sent to email address that has nothing to do with Google Adwords, sounds like another scam to me...

    Originally Posted by fathom
    My first thoughts - a scam - to acquire email addresses for spamming lists.

    The site doesn't seem to load - could a bandwidth problem due to traffic.

    Since the domain isn't in Google, Yahoo, or MSN - it seems suspicious.
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    ya that's why I said for email lists.

    If you reply - it's like a double 'opt-in'... and more valuable than "just emails addresses".
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    Ok, lets research this a bit....

    Whois info:

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    Registrant:
    Gilardi & Co.
    Timothy McGoey
    3301 Kerner Blvd
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    US
    Email:gus.scherer@gilardi.com

    Domain Name: clicksettlement.com

    Created on..............: Fri, May 12, 2006

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    hmm, very recently registered, doesn't mean it's no good though.

    Ok, let's check out gilardi.com (from his email address).

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2006-08,GGLG:en&q=site%3Agilardi%2Ecom

    Looks like that - might - be legit. I can't get to the site though. 'Farked' I guess, to many folks trying to visit their server.

    Jury is still out on this one. Even if it's true and they win in court, we would probably see pennies on the dollar if anything after they take out their legal fee. The only ones making money on this kind of junk are the lawyers.
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    There was a PDF doc (too large to load here) that came with the email... it looks like all other class action docs...
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    here is a clip..

    Under the settlement, Google will establish a $90 million settlement fund, of which a portion will be used to pay class counsel’s
    fees and costs, and the remainder will be available to class members in the form of advertising credits that may be applied to up
    to 50% of the cost of future online advertising purchased from Google. To receive credits, you must submit a valid and timely
    claim form. Credits will be awarded on a pro rata basis, taking into account the amount that you paid to Google for the ads and
    the total amount of credits available. For example, if the amounts that you paid to Google for the affected ads were 1% of
    Google’s revenues from online advertising since January 1, 2002, you would be eligible to receive 1% of the total available
    credits. You must certify in your claim form the percentage of your ads you believe were affected by “click fraud”.
    If you purchased online advertising from Google between January 1, 2002 and the present, you are a class member in a classaction
    lawsuit, Lane’s Gifts and Collectibles et al. v. Google, Inc. et al., Case No. CV-2005-52-1, in the Circuit Court of Miller
    County, Arkansas.
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    Originally Posted by christophera
    Ok, lets research this a bit.... The only ones making money on this kind of junk are the lawyers.
    ya - ok - didn't look too far

    Also agree.. they will get fees at both ends... and a legit claim will get a nickle - for time invested and a penny for the fraud.
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    PDF, What is this ****? Got it too. Looks like alot of people got it.

    Originally Posted by sgroup
    There was a PDF doc (too large to load here) that came with the email... it looks like all other class action docs...

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    The Court will decide the amount of fees to be paid to class counsel and the extent to which the expenses that they incurred in working on the case should be reimbursed. Class counsel intend to seek a maximum of 33 ⅓ percent of the settlement fund, or $30 million, in attorneys’ fees and expenses in this case. Under the settlement, Google has agreed that it will not oppose an award of up to $30 million to class counsel.
    WHEN WILL THE COURT DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE THE SETTLEMENT?
    The Court has scheduled a hearing on July 24 and 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and to determine the amount of the fees and expenses to be awarded to class counsel. The hearing will be held in the Juvenile Courtroom at 305 E 5th Street, Texarkana, Arkansas 71854. It is possible that the hearing may be posponded.
    This isn't about "click fraud"...

    This is whether a firm can produce enough evidence to justify a $30 million dollar fee to process claims.

    I suspect they MUST at minimum find 30 million [probably more] in legit plaintiffs claim [that's fraudulent clicks not ad cost spent - so if 1% fraud that's 3 billion in ad campaigns] to grab this fee... and Google is hedging the bet they can't.

    If you spent 100's of thousands in Adwords and a fraction of that is fraud - you get what $500-2k

    and the firm if successful gets 30 million - massive spam email seem a logical course of action - eh?

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    I got that E-Mail as well, to an address which doesnt have an adwords account on it.

    If you put the URL they give you in a browser it doesnt go anywhere, the link goes somewhere else.
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    It is genuine


    Hi,

    I was actually advised by my dedicated adwords account manager prior to this email arriving that I would be receiving one with a brief explanation of what was going on.... had no problems getting to any of the urls mentioned... There may well be scam versions going about but the one I got was all above board...

    Now we just have to decide whether we want to abandon our right to take any kind of legal action regarding click fraud in the future.....
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    Did go to the url yesterday and got a page loading without images. Could get the source of the page and move it to another html file.

    Page included. Maybe you can get some details out of it.
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    Originally Posted by Fearless_Shultz
    Now we just have to decide whether we want to abandon our right to take any kind of legal action regarding click fraud in the future.....
    Indeed.

    You know it is alot easier to purchase an ad in a major newspaper and prove circulation fraud than click fraud in search engines.

    The news agency creates 1 million papers [example] 25% goes to home delivery, 10% goes to businesses, and the remainder go to newstands, vendors, dispenser machines, etc.

    Newstands and vendors get refunded for those papers they don't sell and with leftovers in dispenser machines are all recycled... but you don't get refunded on advertising on the "uncirculated" part of the circulations which is a tangible commodity...

    Part of doing business? ...or fraud on the part of news agencies?

    In any case - the legitimatcy of click fraud isn't really what this is about IMHO - it about a law firm getting their cut.

    If you have a proven legit claim - Google refunds, suspecting it, does not make it so... and for the $30 million the firm law doesn't need to prove anything - you do - they only need to show what you showed them.

    If all I had to do was give them all the records and they figured out if fraud occur, and then showed that - well ok - I'M IN!
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    For a moment there, I thought Google was going to loose and forced to fund my AdWords account for the rest of my life, and that I could retire just like SEO_AM and fathom...

    What a bummer...

    raz

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