Hello, is there any Texas or Federal Law that would prohibit the hiring of individuals to click the ads of a competitor? Assuming I can prove it (or find in discovery).
I know it's a problem for website owners to click ads to generate revenue.
But what about a third party, specifically a competitor who, sees your ads and then clicks them thousands of times, costing us over $1,000/month?
If he did it by hiring people overseas and they use proxies (so they pretend they are from the USA/local area), does that any legal aspect? That he is hiring people to click my ads, costing me money, but the only thing I ever heard may be illegal is if the website owners do it to generate revenue, whereas my opponent does not gain any money by clicking my ads but is costing me money.
The answer is maybe. This is a relatively new problem and a new area of law. Even if there is no statute that addresses your scenario specifically, it may be possible to sue under a cause of action such as tortious interference. It may involve pressing the courts to establish a new precedent. You need to ask yourself if it is worth the expense and time to go down this road. Not only would it be expensive, there is no guarantee that you could prove that your competitor is responsible or liable.
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First of all, yes you can hire people overseas, although I suggest you make them independent contractors.
Suing the culprit is harder. Even if you have a cause of action, how are you going to collect?
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It is outright fraud. If this is happening you and you are referred to Google Adwords, contact Google. They will be able to detect that clicks are coming from the same or similar IP addresses.
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