Judge Dismisses Suit Against Google
from the some-good-legal-news? dept
With all the bizarre legal decisions coming down lately, here's a good one. A judge has thrown out the lawsuit against Google by a guy who claimed they had no right to change the way they ranked sites associated with him. He ran an "optimization" business, where he promised people higher ranks on Google. Google, as they tend to do, continued to make their search algorithm better, and knocked his sites down in the rankings - leading him to accuse them of unfair practices. The judge found that PageRank is an "opinion" protected as free speech. The guy responded to the loss by saying: "SearchKing never broke a law, yet was accused, judged and executed without so much as a notice of intent. This affected thousands of innocent people without just cause." I'm wondering what's going through this guy's head. All Google was doing was trying to make their search better. This guy has no right to try to force Google to rank his site any higher. Google also isn't the US government, and this was no "trial" of this guy's (or his customers') sites. In fact, I'd bet that the new rankings actually impacted millions of users in a positive way by making their search experience better and more relevant. Google didn't lower his PageRank because he broke the law (as he implies) - but because his sites weren't relevant. This guy made a business decision to bet his business on Google (a company he had no official relationship with) not improving their algorithms. That's his own mistake.