Remember SearchKing? They created a giant network of interconnected websites (selling text links) in an attempt to game Google PageRank. The of course, Google dinged them – and all of their clients. So, they sued. Today a judge granted Google’s motion to dismiss their suit.
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Judge dismisses suit against Google
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
May 30, 2003, 2:40 PM PT
A federal judge this week granted Google’s motion to dismiss a suit that alleged the company manipulated search results in its powerful Web index.
“The judge dismissed the case on the grounds that Google’s formula for calculating the popularity of a Web page, or ‘PageRank,’ constitutes opinions protected by the First Amendment.