Google’s design team won a $5,000,000 settlement from the Federal Trade Commission in a class-action lawsuit alleging the tech giant’s web design grid infringed on the designs of the plaintiffs.
In the complaint, filed Tuesday, the FTC accuses Google of falsely labeling the design grid, which was created for the company’s online shopping portal, as “custom-made” and “free.”
The complaint claims that the grid was designed to be customizable for the different types of websites the company offered.
Google has denied the allegations, saying the design works as intended.
The company has not yet responded to the complaint.
Google’s web designers, who include Johnathan Peele, also claimed that the design was not designed for a business or a large group of customers, as is the case with most online shopping sites.
Peele and others have said the design is designed for customers to make their own customizations.
“Google’s design choices are based on their desire to create the most beautiful, functional, and useful web site that could be used by them and their business, rather than a grid designed by a professional designer,” the FTC said in a statement.