incrediBILL - 9:02 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think they ruled wrong here because it claims the plaintiff didn't even submit the URL of the offending content with his original complaint. His beef was with the original site that posted the image, not the search engines.
The minute anyone can sue for being defamed in the search results is the day that sites like Yelp could become neutered and dropped from the index because any restaurant getting bad reviews can claim they are malicious and file a defamation suit. I'm sure some reviews are deliberately malicious as I've seen them so this could open the flood gates.
FWIW, people that think this is a victory against Google are sorely mistaken because when any company loses a lawsuit, esp. something this frivolous, WE end up paying those big settlements. To pay these settlements Google can raise the minimum rate for Adwords, lower the percentage paid for AdSense, increase the price of Nexus products, etc. which means WE pay. Basically, this guy just took money out of OUR pockets as advertisers, publishers or investors.