Google suit dismissed on first amendment grounds

An article in CNET reports that the lawsuit by rival search advertising seller SearchKing has been thrown out of court. The suit contended that Google had intentionally removed links from the sites that SearchKing is trying to draw traffic to and that this was somehow illegal.

The court, however, found that the algorithm used by Google to compute search rankings is an opinion, not fact, and is therefore protected under the first amendment as free speech.