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March 21, 2007, 1:10 pm
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A legal challenge to the way Google calculates the popularity of
websites for its internet search engine results has been thrown out.
US District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel dismissed the case, brought by
parenting information site KinderStart.
KinderStart alleged Google had severely damaged its business by
cutting it from its web search ranking system.
But Judge Fogel said KinderStart had "failed to explain how Google
caused injury" to the company.
The ruling in the Northern District of California was issued on
Friday, but came to light late on Tuesday.
The judge also imposed as yet undetermined sanctions on KinderStart
lawyer Gregory Yu for making unsupported allegations against Google.
"Yu had a professional responsibility to refrain from filing such
allegations if he did not have appropriate supporting evidence," he
Lawyers representing Google welcomed the decision, saying the claims
"Courts have consistently rejected complaints over search engine
rankings, so we're pleased that Judge Fogel promptly dismissed this
case," said Google litigation lawyer Hilary Ware.
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