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Google And Irish Hotel Settle 'Autocomplete' Lawsuit

     

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Google And Irish Hotel Settle 'Autocomplete' Lawsuit [independent.ie]
An action by the owners of a four-star hotel against internet giant Google has been settled at the Commercial Court.

Ballymascanlon House Hotel in Co Louth had brought proceedings against Google over alleged defamation of the hotel's business and reputation via Google's web search service.

Yesterday, Hugh Mohan, for Ballymascanlon, said the case had been settled and could be struck out. No terms of settlement were disclosed. Mr Justice Peter Kelly welcomed the settlement and made the strike-out order sought.


It was alleged that since about March 14, 2011, Google had permitted the term "receivership" to automatically appear in its autocomplete suggestions after the name of the hotel was typed in the search bar. Ballymascanlon's owners said this suggested it was in receivership or financial difficulty when this was not the case.

 

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