Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Yahoo Faces Class-Action Spyware, Ad-Sales Suit
(PC World)

Antispyware activist files a lawsuit accusing Yahoo of placing ads with spyware vendors.

“An antispyware activist and lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Yahoo, accusing the Web heavyweight of placing advertisements on spyware-vendor and "low-quality" sites.

Ben Edelman, a Massachusetts lawyer and spyware researcher, is one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit earlier this week on behalf of Yahoo advertiser Crafts By Veronica, as well as other advertisers.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, accuses Yahoo and its ad sales subsidiary Overture Services of charging higher rates for ads promised "premium" placement, but then placing those ads on spyware-vendor sites and on Web pages with URLs that are misspellings of popular sites.”