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by Mike Masnick


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Bev Stayart Strikes Again: Sues Google Over The Infamous 'Levitra' Connection

from the this-post-has-nothing-to-do-with-levitra dept

You may recall Bev Stayart (or Beverly Stayart), the woman who insisted that she was such an upright citizen that it was scandalous (and apparently illegal) that when you did a Yahoo search on her name, some of the links went to questionable sites. So she sued Yahoo. After we wrote about it, she also threatened to sue us as well. She hasn't done that (yet) thankfully. Either way, the court quickly dismissed her lawsuit against Yahoo, seeing as Yahoo was protected by Section 230 of the CDA. She later sued Yahoo again, because Yahoo's "suggested search" connected her name to the pharmaceutical Levitra. As we noted at the time, however, part of the reason for those suggestions were not (as she claimed) that Yahoo "knowingly connected" her name to that drug (along with Viagra and Cialis), but because of her original lawsuit, which noted that a search on her name pointed to websites relating to those drugs.

Of course, given more news coverage of her quixotic legal quest, it seemed only natural that this connection would actually get stronger, since more people were legitimately writing stories about her, and her concerns about being connected to Levitra, Viagra and Cialis. So, I guess it should come as no surprise that she's now suing Google as well, for also "suggesting" "bev stayart levitra" when you start doing a search on "bev stayart." The problem, which she still doesn't seem to get, is not that Google (or Yahoo) are deliberately doing this to her, but the more she complains about it, the stronger the algorithmic connection becomes. As Eric Goldman notes in his post about this latest lawsuit:
Some unsolicited advice for Bev Stayart: stop suing search engines, and stop running vanity searches on the search engines. Life is too short to fret about sploggers!
Indeed.

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    baxter, 9 Aug 2010 @ 1:30pm

    This is not just a 38-state "investigation" but a combined class action lawsuit against Google for privacy violations in all of these 38 states going back at least 3 years. Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal is the lead plaintiff of the 38-state coalition. Mr. Blumenthal has said that all of his questions to Google have resulted in more questions than answers regarding Google's privacy violations! Google is apparently very good at evasion and equivocation. But wait until this gets to court. The judge is now considering the best jurisdiction in which to consolidate these multi-state lawsuits. Sergey Brin will certainly be faced with giving more detailed answers than "We screwed up" which is what he initially told the media! Sergey Brin is an Idiot Savant, a fact long recognized outside the U.S., particularly in Europe. He has inexplicable math memory talent, but is certifiably below average in all other skill sets. Idiot Savants such as Sergey Brin typically live in institutions where scientists can study their behavior. Sergey Brin has demonstrated a complete lack of management skills, a devastating lack of human relations skills, and an overall inability to comprehend right from wrong, in short a complete lack of morals. Sergey Brin is now under the microscope, as are Larry Paige, Eric Schmidt and all the other crooks at Google! Did I also mention the 30 lawsuits that have been filed against Google internationally for privacy violations? Where are Eric Goldman and Michael Masnick when we need them to analyze these complex legal issues for us? Is the demise of Google too much for them to take? Apparently they cannot face their own simultaneous demise. Goldman is a particular jackass for not mentioning Google's massive legal troubles anywhere in his columns! Does he think people are as stupid as he is? Goldman and Masnick have zero credibility!

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