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June 29, 2012 11:00 AM GIBill.gov?

By Daniel Luzer

Many veterans’ advocates have for years complained about GIBill.com, the website that looked sort of like a government-run entity, but was actually owned by a marketing company that “specializes in directing students to for-profit schools through its page.” Now, thanks to a lawsuit, this deceptive promotion will end.

According to a piece in the New York Times:

Under a consumer protection settlement with 20 state attorneys general filed Wednesday in Frankfort, QuinStreet Inc. will turn over its GIBill.com Web site to the Department of Veterans Affairs and pay $2.5 million to the states involved. Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky, who announced the settlement, led a multistate investigation into the Web site, which was aimed at veterans for their education benefits, falsely giving the appearance that it was operated or endorsed by the government.

By the terms of the agreement QuinStreet Inc. has to turn the domain name GIBill.com over to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The company also cannot use “GI Bill” in any other domain names.

One wonders what the VA plans to do about GIBill.com. Technically if the VA were to use the domain name that would also be deceptive, since the VA is a government entity, not a commercial one.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer