Google, and corporate malfeasance

In today’s paper we learn that Google paid some half-billion dollars to settle some advertising misadventures that had been going on since 2003. This according to the Toronto Star.

It appears that, by allowing Canadian pharmaceuticals to advertise, and sell, to American households, prescription drugs whose export or import is illegal, Google broke the law. The amount settled for is said to be the ad revenue generated plus some other dollars Google collected.

Amazing. Suppose a person advertised for those pharmaceuticals. Would a person be allowed to give up illegally gained cash, admit no wrongdoing, pay no other penalty, and continue with the rest of business? Or would a person be taken to trial, and probably jail?

Why are corporations legally persons? They can get away with things real humans can not.


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