Judge finds in favor of search engines vs angry advertiser

By Justin Mann on
Not too long ago, a man filed a lawsuit against various search engines such as Google and Yahoo. His aim was to force them carry particular advertisements through their engines. Google, Yahoo and MSN all rejected or denied his ads for various reasons infuriating him enough to bring it to the courts. Well, the courts had their say, and it turns out the search engines were within their rights:

* Search engines have a First Amendment right to reject ads as part of their protected right to speak or not (see Miami Herald v. Tornillo). This opinion is consistent with the uncited Search King ruling, although that case framed Google's Page Rank as protected opinion.
Mr. Langdon won't be getting his way, and had all of his claims dismissed, sans one. The remaining claim still has to be judged on, which is a breach of contract from Google.

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