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Insurance company Suing Google...."for negative SEO comments!"

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by spider7, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. spider7

    spider7 Regular Member

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    Apparently an Insurance company is suing Google for allowing negative ratings to appear on page one.

    "An insurance company has sued Google for allegedly violating a state law regarding deceptive trade practices by returning search results that include links to unflattering posts."

    INteresting fact is that People have already admitted to being hired by companies to post a flurry of negative reviews about their competitors while giving their company 5 star ratings. This company has a decent reputation. So it seems to indicate that its competition is hiring bloggers to neg them.

    "Baxley -- a former Attorney General of Alabama -- received a response by "The Google Team" stating that the company declined to make the requested change. "Google has decided not to take action based on our policies concerning content removal," the letter stated. Baxley's law firm then sent a second letter to Google complaining about the search results."

    We may see more of these lawsuits in the near future.

    http://www.mediapost.com/publicatio...oogle-over-organic-results.html#ixzz1gd4b2qqY
     
  2. Orbit143

    Orbit143 Senior Member

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    Google has so much money he can build his own planet a move away from people like that. Not saying google is not a bitch.
     
  3. ardley216

    ardley216 Elite Member

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    Lol, well maybe that insurance company should work harder for their customers? Maybe I should sue Google for not putting me on first page for payday loans?!

    You can't sue someone for not removing something you don't like.
     
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    SkyrocketSEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Dude, that article is from December 2011 ----------------->> ???????
     
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    prab1996 Elite Member

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    the judgement = that company had to pay legal fee of google .
     
  6. spider7

    spider7 Regular Member

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    Still goin on bro..."In a letter to Google executives, Alabama attorney Richard Baxley said the sites are scams that are targeted to hurt the insurer by making anonymous charges under the guise of being "whistleblowers" serving a public service. As a result, he said, the company has sustained significant financial damage."

    Google could settle this quietly and NO ONE WOULD KNOW!
     
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    Google is protected by Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act.

    It basically says that Google cannot be held liable for user generated content. Just like how the owners of BHW wouldn't be held liable for a post that a user makes here.
     
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  8. AnotherOne

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    They're not held liable for user generated content but they can be held liable for altering the results, no?

     
  9. Tangy

    Tangy Regular Member

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    It's going to be very hard to prove that Google altered SERPs to specifically target a single company who is far, far smaller than they are. One could go bankrupt suing a company the size of Google without having something to show for it at the end of it all.

    My personal opinion is that this company is nuts. Why bother suing over something so easily remedied? Any decent reputation management company should be able to flush a few negative reviews down past page 10 within a couple weeks to months...
     
  10. AnotherOne

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    It's almost impossible to prove that Google altered / is altering) SERPs :|
    Suing company the size of Google can get you a place in national newspapers. Instead of suing the competitors (who did that) they sued Google.