Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Google Fined For Violating Russian Advertising Laws

Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has fined search engine Google 200,000 rubles ($6,000) for violating Russian advertising laws.  Last month, FAS accused Google of advertising several types of medication without providing the legally necessary health warnings and instructions on how they should be taken.  FAS ordered Google to stop advertising the pharmaceuticals in question — flu prevention or relief formulas Kagotsel, Immunal, Immunal Plus C and Genferon Light Spray — while the case was being put together.  While last year FAS levied fines for advertising infringements totaling 153 million rubles ($4.4 million), it is unclear whether relatively low individual fines (such as the $6,000 fine just levied against Google) will have a deterrent effect going forward.

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