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Google has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it improperly withheld unpaid amounts in publishers’ AdSense accounts after Google terminated their accounts for an alleged breach of contract.

If you were an AdSense publisher between May 20, 2010 and May 7, 2018, and Google disabled your AdSense account and withheld the unpaid amounts in your account, you may be entitled to benefits from the Google class action settlement.

Plaintiffs Free Range Content Inc., a California corporation, filed the AdSense class action lawsuit in 2014, claiming Google wrongfully denied payments to thousands of website operators who use AdSense to post ads on their websites.

Free Range Content claims Google shut down its AdSense accounts shortly before their payment was due. The AdSense class action lawsuit included claims of breach of contract, bad faith, unjust enrichment and unjust compensation.



In February 2015, Google successfully moved to have the AdSense class action lawsuit dismissed by a California federal judge. The judge allowed Free Range Content to file an amended AdSense class action lawsuit with additional facts showing how Google’s allegedly wrongful conduct was not simply a result of the company exercising its right to terminate accounts and withhold payment.

Google denies all wrongdoing but agreed to settle the AdSense class action lawsuit to avoid the burden and expense of ongoing litigation. Under the terms of the proposed AdSense class action settlement, Google will pay $11 million to AdSense account holders who lost at least $10 for accounts that were closed by Google since May 2010.

Class Members who would like to opt out of or object to the Google AdSense settlement must do so no later than Sept. 4, 2018.

Who’s Eligible

Class Members of the Google AdSense settlement include: “All persons or entities Google’s records indicate are located within the United States, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the United States Minor Outlying Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada, whose AdSense account Google disabled or terminated on any date between May 20, 2010 and May 7, 2018, and whose last AdSense unpaid amounts Google withheld in their entirety, and permanently, on any date between May 20, 2010 and May 7, 2018 in connection with such disablement or termination, where the sum withheld totals $10 or more.”

Potential Award

Varies. The payment each claimant will receive depends on several factors including the unpaid amount for their terminated AdSense account and the total number of approved claims.



Proof of Purchase

Class Members who wish to submit a claim online must provide their Class Member Number and Control Number that was sent to them. If you don’t have this information, you may contact the Settlement Administrator or print a paper Claim Form. The paper Claim Form asks Class Members to provide the email address associated with their AdSense account.

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

9/4/2018

Case Name

Free Range Content Inc. v. Google LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-02329-BLF, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division



Final Hearing

2/07/2019   UPDATED

UPDATE: The Google AdSense Class Action Settlement was granted final approval on March 21, 2019.Let Top Class Actions know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

UPDATE 2: On May 24, 2019, Top Class Actions viewers started receiving payments from the Google AdSense Class Action Settlement worth as much as $373.00! Congratulations to everyone who filed a valid claim and got PAID!

Claims Administrator

Free Range Content v. Google
c/o GCG
P.O. Box 10537
Dublin, OH 43017-4537
Phone: 1-888-684-5073
Fax: 1-888-425-6983
info@AdSensePublisherSettlement.com

Class Counsel

Steve W. Berman
Robert F. Lopez
HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP

Defense Counsel

Jeffrey M. Gutkin
Michael Rhodes
COOLEY LLP

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65 Comments

  • 1099 January 18, 2020

    For anybody who was required to submit the 1099 info, did you get the 1099 from them yet? Please comment if it was reported on “Box 3 Other Income” or “Box 7 non-employee compensation”

  • Nancy S June 28, 2019

    I got a deposit in my checking account yesterday from this settlement. OMG what a rip off. There is no way I got 30% of what they owed me. What a rip off.

  • Winfield Millett June 17, 2019

    Am i part o f this class action? I should be & yet I have heard anything, yet

  • Mark May 24, 2019

    Yeah, i got mine $373. Sounds cool yeah. They finally paid.

    • Cindy May 25, 2019

      Where is everyone from did not receive mine in NC today

    • claimant May 26, 2019

      Did you elect to be paid by check or direct deposit and did they pay by the method you elected? Was $373 around the entire amount adsense withheld from you?

      • Mark May 30, 2019

        Yes, i selected direct payments, and was paid directly to the provided bank accounts..and $373 wasn’t the actual amount, i had about $5000.

  • john May 24, 2019

    Just got mine today for $17 and change.
    But my adsense account is still disabled. And they won’t tell my why.
    At least they finally paid me what they owed me.

  • Commenter May 22, 2019

    IMPORTANT UPDATE

    The Court has granted final approval to the Settlement, and the period for filing a notice of appeal has passed. Settlement Payments have been calculated in accordance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement and are currently being distributed to all eligible Claimants whose awards do not require the Settlement Administrator to issue tax documents to the IRS. For more information about the calculation of Settlement Payments, please review the FAQs page of this website.

    The Settlement Administrator has sent an email notice requesting additional information to all Claimants whose Settlement Payment will require the Settlement Administrator to issue tax documents and report the payment to the IRS. Settlement Payments to these Claimants will be transmitted after the requested information has been received or the response deadline has passed.

  • Mark March 30, 2019

    Is it going to be payment using check alone, or banking process using payoneer? I am afraid, if it’s going to be through check alone, maybe 80% won’t get their payments.

  • Lauren February 23, 2019

    No one has yet given us feedback, what is our fate? We hoped and long for this in greater amount of anticipation. Has any of the class members received payment?

  • Jeremy February 8, 2019

    Yeah, it was held 7th Feb. Please we need an update on the courts’ final verdict for the settlement. Anyone with info?

  • Abdul ghaffat February 8, 2019

    Any info about final fairness haring Feb 2 2019, which result from court.

  • M.Collins February 8, 2019

    Any news from the Final Hearing?

  • miguel A mercado January 23, 2019

    Add me please

  • Hannah November 29, 2018

    Yea, soon enough we all will know the outcome and the payment date from the Final Hearing.

  • Jeremy October 12, 2018

    OMG! The final hearing has been shifted to 2/07/2019. The best thing is not to be hopeful, anytime it comes, fine.

  • Susan Hutson September 19, 2018

    ADD ME

  • Jeremiah James September 9, 2018

    when will Google pay off the settlement? My account was banned back in 2016, have filed my claim, will be expecting my payment, but when will it be?

    • Marie September 18, 2018

      Their final court date is 10/18/18, so possibly a week or two after that.

      • Top Class Actions September 27, 2018

        After the final hearing, the court must grant the settlement final approval. After final approval occurs, there is a 30 day period in which appeals can be filed. No settlement is ever paid within two weeks after the final hearing date.

  • Teri R Kimmons-Struck September 6, 2018

    Please Add Me

  • John Hastings September 4, 2018

    Damn. This is BS. Google screwed me out of $100 and also made it so I couldn’t make any money on my youtube videos. But it went down in June of 2009 so the class action fools are excluding me from making any claim whatsoever. What would you do if you were in my situation? I mean. Earning that $100 was exceptionally difficult and time-consuming but the more important thing would be getting my adsense account reinstated. 09/04/2018 @ 9:46 AM Nevada time. Snowfreeze [at] gmail.com was the account.

  • Shannon Wallace September 1, 2018

    You can’t just say add me on ! You must click link and add yourself-

  • Lorraine August 28, 2018

    I have a complaint ! I’m harassed every single day by” Google” . Telling me my business is in jeopardy if. Don’t advertise and update my business with “Google” !!! I want to file suit! Anyone getting harassed every day in not special so I know their calling business after business to get our business with their false alarms !!!

  • Rebecca Coffeen August 28, 2018

    Please Add me

  • Tim Brown August 23, 2018

    What if those thieves at AdSense stole your money a month BEFORE May 20, 2010? Where can I find the class action suit on that?

    • John Hastings September 4, 2018

      There isn’t one. You and me both got screwed by Google.

  • Christine Richardson August 21, 2018

    Please add me on

  • Sandra August 21, 2018

    You should get them for privacy act Google will not let me on messenger unless I let them record my phone calls and messages that’s none of there business

  • Marci Powell August 21, 2018

    I constantly get google ads on my pc once I shop for anything

  • Chris August 6, 2018

    Does anyone know when settlement payments will be sent out?

  • Pissed off August 2, 2018

    all my emails with proof of my dispute within 30 days have been deleted.
    Google must have deleted these emails. interesting .

  • Duong Truong Minh June 17, 2018

    Hi,
    I am from Vietnam and Google disabled my adsense account which has pending payment of about 2,000 dollars. Am i eligible to file a claim for this settlement or how can i file a claim using the lawsuit settlement

  • Sabari May 31, 2018

    Hi,
    I am from India and Google disabled my adsense account which has pending payment of about 80,000 dollars. Am i eligible to file a claim for this settlement or how can i file a claim using the lawsuit settlement

  • imoh kingsley May 30, 2018

    Please i need to be settled, so please add me.

  • Janki M Patel May 27, 2018

    Add me

  • Kaven James May 24, 2018

    Add me please. Between Experian and google, I will be dealing with problems for the next year.

  • Amber Lynn Zook May 22, 2018

    Add me

  • Amie Phillips May 21, 2018

    Please add me.

  • JOSEPH DIGGS May 19, 2018

    yes someone else was using my name ,i’m just now getting things back in order.

  • Albert May 18, 2018

    add me please

  • Linda Verner May 18, 2018

    Add me please

  • Rowland Ingram May 17, 2018

    please add me

  • Doris Flores May 15, 2018

    Pleade include me too

  • Lisa James May 15, 2018

    Please add me ASAP!

  • Michael I DeCook May 15, 2018

    add me please

  • Giada May 15, 2018

    ok and???

  • nancy lorentz May 15, 2018

    Certegy stole my name cdl wrote checks I never got a dime now W .
    F TOO?

  • nancy lorentz May 15, 2018

    i should be in the wells fargo class suit .I know I paid them off myself .and they took money from ,my family trust as well

  • KS May 15, 2018

    Everyone – Commenting “add me” won’t allow you to be part of this settlement. You have to click where it says “CLICK HERE TO FILE A CLAIM” and enter your information to submit.

  • Becky Cummings May 15, 2018

    Add me please

  • Johnny S. O’Bannon jr May 15, 2018

    I would like to join the law suit against google for dropping absense with out notifying its customers of the problem

  • Margie May 15, 2018

    Please add me. Thank you

  • Evelyn L Steele May 15, 2018

    Add me please

  • Donnetta N Jones May 15, 2018

    Add me

  • janet blackford May 15, 2018

    Please add me

  • Steve Csonka May 15, 2018

    Please add me.

  • j May 12, 2018

    I used to have adsense, but they disabled it and never told me why. I know I had some money in it. Being that they disabled it, I can’t get into my account.

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