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Arizona judge rules state’s lawsuit against Google can move forward

Jan 25, 2022, 8:00 PM
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PHOENIX – A judge has ruled that most of Arizona’s lawsuit accusing Google of deceptive practices can move forward.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled some of the claims against the internet services giant had enough merit, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Google’s motion for summary judgment “is granted in part and denied in part,” Judge Timothy Thomason wrote.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich accused the internet giant of deceiving users about how their location data is collected and used for selling targeted ads in a lawsuit he filed in May 2020.

The lawsuit argues that Google’s practices violate the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

“We appreciate the judge’s ruling, allowing our lawsuit against Google to move forward to trial,” Brnovich said Tuesday in a social media post.

“We will not stand by as Google continues to invade Arizonans’ personal privacy.”

Thomason did let an argument tied to Arizona claims of targeted advertising drop.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona judge rules state’s lawsuit against Google can move forward