"KinderStart had failed to explain how Google caused injury to it by a provably false statement ... as distinguished from an unfavorable opinion about KinderStart.com's importance," the judge's ruling states.
Is Google relieved? It seems so.
"We always felt these claims were unjustified, because courts have consistently rejected complaints over search engine rankings, so we're pleased that [the judge] promptly dismissed this case," Google litigation counsel Hilary Ware said in a company statement.
Matt Cutts has also updated his blog about the ruling.
With Google indexing tens of millions of sites, it would be incredibly ridiculous for a company to call suit against the search engine under the assumption that the site is being purposely ranked low and it was Google's malicious intent to to do because KinderStart is a competitor. This sets an interesting premise for any other company who wishes to do the same.
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