Lawyer Ranking Site Realizes That It Might Need A Better Ranking System
from the for-example... dept
You may recall that recently there was a class action suit against a new website that claimed to “rank” lawyers based on a variety of factors. The rankings were quite controversial for pretty good reasons. It wasn’t at all clear how some were ranked, and seeing some Supreme Court Justices with low rankings raised plenty of questions. The company has now said it’s revamping its ranking system, saying it will drop the controversial numerical ranking on lawyers it hasn’t collected much info on (such as Supreme Court Justices?). Amusingly (and not very convincingly), the company claims that the changes have nothing to do with the lawsuit, along with some blather about how such sites need to stay “dynamic.” Of course, it’s still not clear what’s illegal about the site. It’s simply compiling publicly available data and then coming up with a rank — the same thing that Google does for websites (instead of lawyers). And, as we’ve seen from a variety of lawsuits, you can’t sue just because you don’t like your ranking, since that ranking is considered an opinion.