Attention Knife Retailers, Manufacturers and Makers: Google Class Action Pending – Sign Up Now

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Critter, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    [Post in General approved by Spark]

    If you or your business was prevented from using Google AdWords/AdSense because you violated Goggle's "dangerous products or services policy" by selling knives or knife parts (or guns, gun parts, etc), you are being invited to join a class action lawsuit that is now pending in federal court in California.

    You or your business does not need to be based in California, it can be located anywhere in the United States. You or your business do not have to be a going concern or in business today, so long as you were back when they blocked you. So, if you have since closed down your business, that's okay, you can still be a member of the class and can be compensated if the lawsuit is won.

    To qualify, a person or company must have had its AdWords/AdSense account suspended or terminated by Google LLC between March 2014 and September 2017 based on the fact their websites advertised "any products that (i) were designed to injure an opponent in sport, self-defense or combat such as knives, crossbows and guns" in violation of Google's "dangerous products or services policy."

    No attorney fees or costs will be charged to join this federal class action lawsuit. Rather, plaintiff's counsel will be paid by court order on a contingent basis.

    If you are interested in learning more or in participating in the case you should directly contact William McGrane, Esq., who is acting as class action counsel in the pending lawsuit, by emailing him at [email protected]. Mr. McGrane's contact information and biography may be viewed at

    Class action lawsuits are lawsuits in which a group of people "with the same or similar injuries caused by the same product or action sue the defendant as a group." The key is that people seek justice in class action lawsuits because they've been damaged, in this case by corporate misconduct such as discrimination.

    A class action is frequently used when a number of people have suffered the same or similar damage. Individually, the damage may have been relatively minor, to the point they might not have sought "legal redress" or cannot expect the cost of litigation to be affordable. Collectively, however, the value of the claims add up and suing as a class means consolidating attorneys, defendants, evidence, witnesses and most other aspects of the litigation. Class action lawsuits are virtually always done on a contingent basis, as is the case here, so that it is the attorneys who bear the costs, take the risks and assume the losses if not successful.

    In this case, the potential biggest benefit may not be direct financial gain for the class action members, which could still be thousands of dollars per violation, but rather that Google is forced to change their discriminatory policy to enable you to use their AdWords/AdSense products to advertise your wares. If you think you or your business could qualify, please contact Mr. McGran as soon as possible.

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  2. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Good to hear. Facebook does the same whether to allow ya to boost a post or not.
  3. austonh

    austonh Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Necessary work! Great job KnifeRights!
    cwsmith17 and Prester John like this.
  4. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    And they keep pestering you suggesting you boost your posts even though you can't, and you can't shut it off.
    B Griffin likes this.
  5. kancler

    kancler Moderator Moderator

    Mar 21, 2005
    Finally! Awesome!!! Thank you!!!

    Next should be Facebook, other social networks, and CREDIT CARD processors like Quickbooks, Stripe, etc., who were closing knife sellers account on a stupid fact - "knives are dangerous"

    Good luck to all of us!
  6. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    All my support!
    Astranjer likes this.
  7. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
  8. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Support brands that support knife rights. Not all do.
    jbmonkey and Bad Ninja like this.
  9. JokersFaceLifter


    Jan 6, 2016
    long time follower of KR, they do phenomenal work; Kudos
  10. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    thank you, Knife Rights (DR).
  11. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    I think any knife law is silly.

    It is even more silly when places like google, offer up, etc ban the sale of knives, for " our own safety" but at the same time theres no issue selling big ole kitchen knives or chainsaws, screwdrivers.

    I wish you the best of luck and thank you for standing up for us.
    Alsharif likes this.
  12. JJ Haney

    JJ Haney

    Apr 29, 2019
    How do I post, I can't figure it out
    katiewebber likes this.
  13. katiewebber


    May 16, 2019
    What don't you understand?
  14. katiewebber


    May 16, 2019
    You can check it
  15. golden_dragon

    golden_dragon Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2016
  16. James Usher

    James Usher

    May 3, 2019
    Goood Work!!
  17. Kailash Blades

    Kailash Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 21, 2015
    Haven't been affected by google adsense, but if a similar suit comes up regarding facebook/instagram and hteir ad policy I'd be stoked to help out.
  18. Mariascoit


    Nov 15, 2018
    Thnks 4 informing us.

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