A few weeks ago we were pointing out why the latest in a long series of lawsuits from people upset about their Google ranking was pretty ridiculous... and now it appears the judge in the case agrees. He has quickly dismissed all the claims in the suit, noting that there's no free speech violation, and no evidence that Google is somehow abusing a monopoly position by messing with your ranking. The one area the judge left open -- which could be interesting -- is that the plaintiff could refile the suit claiming defamation. That would be a bit more difficult to prove, but the specifics of the situation is that Google gave the company a ranking of "0," effectively removing them from the index. The company could try to claim that a ranking of zero unfairly hurts their credibility in the market and is defamation -- though, it seems like that's still a really difficult case to win. Either way, it sounds like we'll find out soon enough, as the lawyers immediately said they plan to refile the case in the next few months.
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