A California judge on Thursday dismissed a Kinderstart's lawsuit against Google over its fall in the Google search index, but left the door open for the lawsuit to be amended and refiled. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel for the Northern District in San Jose dismissed all nine claims saying that KinderStart's claims were insufficient or failed to allege facts or conduct to support that the claims or were too vague.
Google's senior litigation counsel, Michael Kwun, said in a statement: "We are pleased that Judge Fogel dismissed all of KinderStart's claims."
Meanwhile, KinderStart attorney Gregory Yu also claimed victory. He was encouraged by the judge's discussion pertaining to the defamation claim, and he urged other Web site publishers to contact him at Glawinfo.com to join the lawsuit, which seeks class action status.
"The decision suggests that, if properly alleged, Google may be defaming a whole class of Web sites sacked with a '0' PageRank," he wrote in a statement. "If plaintiffs show Google manually tampered with even a single Web site's PageRank, Google's entire claim of 'objectivity' of search results and rankings could collapse."