GEICO announced that a federal judge ruled today that Google activities under certain circumstances violated U.S. trademark law by letting advertisers attach their ads onto Web searches for the Washington-based insurer.

The ruling came from Judge Leonie Brinkema at the U.S. District Court for Virginia’s Eastern District in Alexandria, who made her long-delayed ruling based on the evidence she heard during a non-jury trial in December. Google late last year had lost a motion for summary judgment in the case.

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