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Google wins lawsuit over search results

An accounting firm sued Google complaining they were being hurt by the top search results when search for the firm were that the firm had been “disciplined by the California Board of Accountancy for gross negligence.”

Santa Clara Law Prof Eric Goldman reports a California Appellate Court this week upheld the trial courts dismissal of the lawsuit. In addition, the plaintiff accounting firm was ordered to pay Google $23,000 in attorney’s fees and costs under California SLAPP law.

Be careful out there folks. What people report about you may be memorialized at Google for a long time to come. And there ain’t much you’re going to do about it.

As for this accounting firm, Google search results now include the disciplinary action of long ago plus tons of commentary that this lawsuit may have been without merit.

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