Google Wins KinderStart Case Again, Spanks Lawyer’s Butt
Not only did the judge throw out KinderStart’s most recent attempt to accuse Google of defamation – by reducing its PageRanl to zero – but the judge decided to give Google every opportunity to get some payback.
Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a lawsuit against Google by parenting information site KinderStart…[he] also imposed yet-to-be-determined sanctions on KinderStart legal counsel Gregory Yu for making unsupported allegations against Google.
According to the judge’s ruling, “KinderStart had failed to explain how Google caused injury to it by a provably false statement … as distinguished from an unfavorable opinion about KinderStart.com’s importance.”
KinderStart’s legal counsel is probably looking for a change of diapers about now (sorry couldn’t resist the parenting pun)…
“While Yu has brought a novel challenge to a major corporation, it is apparent that to some extent he has overreached in doing so,” Fogel said. “Yu had a professional responsibility to refrain from filing such allegations if he did not have appropriate supporting evidence.”
The judge granted Google the right to seek attorneys fees for the costs of defending against these specific charges. Both sides have 14 days to file motions before the judge determines monetary damages against Yu.
Let’s hope this not only brings this sorry saga to an end, but sends a warning to other companies, looking to file frivolous claims against Google.