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Google lawsuits signal increased scrutiny of ‘dark patterns’

By Michele Aronson, Colleen Brown and Benjamin Mundel (June 15, 2022, 6:09 p.m. EDT) – Ongoing lawsuits against Google LLC illustrate how attorneys for regulators and plaintiffs are increasingly using dark pattern theory to challenge corporate practices involving consumers.

Attorneys general for Washington, DC, Washington state, Texas and Indiana have all filed lawsuits against Google, alleging the company is inducing consumers to provide their location data on Jan. 24.

This is State of Texas v. Google LLC, in the Victoria County District Court; Washington State v. Google LLC, in King County Superior Court; Indiana State v. Google LLC, in Marion County Superior Court; and District of Columbia v. Google LLC, before the Superior Court…



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