I’m not sure how many more companies are going to challenge the search rankings bestowed upon them by the mighty Google, but a judge in San Francisco just ruled Google is protected under the First Amendment.
In a one sentence ruling Judge Ernest Goldsmith of the superior court of California declared:
“The defendant has met its burden of showing the claims asserted against it arise from constitutionally protected activity.”
The lawsuit was brought by CoastNews.com against Google, claiming that its search results were being unfairly penalized. Google responded with an “anti-slapp” motion, often used by defendants facing lawsuits that try to stifle free speech.