Last month, an anonymous blogger claiming to be a former employee slammed Google with shaky allegations it canceled AdSense accounts so it wouldn’t have to pay publishers. Despite a strong denial from Google, that claim has been escalated into a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Free Range Content, a California company that says Google killed its AdSense account in order to withhold payment.
The class action suit claims that Google “unlawfully denies payments to thousands of website owners and operators” and it “seeks damages for all U.S. Google AdSense publishers whose AdSense account was disabled or terminated, and whose last AdSense program payment was withheld permanently by Google.”
But the whole thing smells fishy.
TechCrunch writer Sarah Perez and I concluded the original blog claims were bunk for a slew of reasons laid out below, and Google gave us this statement in April, strongly denying the accusations:
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