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Settlement Approved In Google Stock Split Lawsuit

By RANDALL CHASE
AP Business Writer

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has approved a settlement in a shareholder lawsuit challenging Google Inc.'s plans for a stock split that includes issuing a new class of nonvoting shares.

Monday's ruling clears the way for the Internet search leader to issue a new class of nonvoting stock for each share of existing voting stock.

The stock split is designed to ensure that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin retain control of Mountain View, Calif.-based Google. The two own about 15 percent of Google's outstanding stock, but they hold 56 percent of shareholder voting power.

Google argued that by creating a new class of nonvoting shares, the company can continue to reward employees with stock and finance potential acquisitions without undermining the voting power of Page and Brin.

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