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News Summary: Judge OKs $22.5M fine of Google

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

FINAL HURDLE: The Federal Trade Commission won court approval Friday to impose a record $22.5 million fine on Google. It's part of a settlement resolving allegations that Google Inc. duped Web surfers using the Safari browser so it could track online activities.

A FINE FIX: U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled the settlement is "fair, adequate and reasonable," overriding the misgivings of a consumer rights group that maintains the punishment doesn't do enough to protect the public interest.

ALL A MISTAKE: Google denied liability, even though it is paying the largest fine ever imposed by the FTC for a civil violation.