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March 21, 2006

Google Sued Over Site Removal

Google is being sued by the web site KinderStart.com for having removed the latter from its search index.  Google has specific guidelines for webmaster practices.  Non-conformance with these practices can result in Google removing and offending site from the index and from results in partner sites.  KinderStart claims it hasn't knowingly violated any of Google's guidelines, although the company does not limit itself to violations posted on the page.

KinderStart had, at one time, page views of approximately 10 million per month until being dropped by Google in its index.  Ad revenue generated by carrying Google ads also dropped.  Google referrals account for less than 0.01% of of KinderStart's traffic. 

KinderStart alleges that Google violated its right to free speech under the First Amendment, and using its "monopoly" power under Section 2 of the Sherman Act to harm a competitor.  There are also charges of unfair competition and defamation.  KinderStart is seeking certification  as a class nationally and as a sub-class in California.

Google has said that the charges are meritless and will defend itself vigorously.

News on this is from ComputerWorld.

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