An Arkansas judge begins weighing objections this week to a $90-million class-action settlement between Internet search leader Google Inc. and advertisers who say they were victims of "click fraud."
Circuit Judge Joe Griffin has given preliminary approval to the settlement in the case against the search engine company, but at least 51 objections have been lodged.
The two-day hearing in Little Rock begins today.
Under the $90-million settlement -- of which a third will be awarded to lawyers -- thousands of advertisers worldwide will have a $60-million fund against which they can file a claim.
No one will receive cash. Instead, advertisers will receive advertising credits for future use with Google.
Lane's Gifts & Collectibles of Texarkana, Ark., filed the lawsuit last year, alleging that Google improperly charged advertisers for fraudulent website clicks that drove up advertising bills.