Pacific WebWorks says it is settling Google suit

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Posted: Dec 22, 2009 4:53 PM

Pacific WebWorks Inc. said it has reached a settlement agreement with Google Inc. in a trademark infringement lawsuit the Internet search leader filed this month.

The complaint, filed in federal court Dec. 7, alleges Pacific WebWorks is using Google's name to defraud consumers by encouraging them to sign up for a kit that will show them how to make money by posting links for certain Web sites.

The Utah Better Business Bureau said it's just another work-at-home scam that lets the company charge people's bank accounts for useless kits. Utah incorporation records list a Christian Lars as president of Pacific WebWorks Inc. in the warehouse district of Salt Lake City.

Pacific WebWorks said in a statement Monday that both sides reached an agreement in principle to settle the suit. It did not give specific details of the deal, but said that it will "cooperate with Google's request for expedited discovery."

In its own statement, Google said it won't sign a final settlement until it's convinced Pacific WebWorks has stopped its alleged misconduct.