A girl assaulted me with a car 3 times, I told her to back off, she called the cops, I was charged with 2 bogus felonies. I subpoenaed a video, all charges dropped (+expunged), article from 10k readership school paper still comes on first page of Google results. Google claims to be a mere messenger and hands off their automatic search algo, but it is obviously organizing info for tabloid style sensationalism to get more ad revenue. Algos can be gossips, and it is a known lie that google is hands off it search results. It's not even my correctly spelled name on the article, and Google deranks all my pages that explain the situation so they don't lose credibility. The paper site is also continuously serving the bogus article as if it is new news even though all charges were dropped.
You can deal with the real issues, including the paper and article (and you provided not a single detail about what is even inappropriate about the article) or you can waste time tilting at windmills like google. Otherwise, you tell us nothing about the actual underlying issue other than you were arrested and charged and the charges were dropped.
Under the Millennium Communications act and Blumenthal v. Drudge, Google, as a mere aggregator, is immune from suit. Go against them and you will pay for both sides of the lawsuit. Also they are under no duty to mitigate their fees and costs. They can hire Ted Olsen and David Boies, run up the tab and have you pay it.
Do not fool with things you do not understand.
You can't successfully bring a suit on any facts posted here.
You were arrested and charged with felonies--that is the truth and our Constitution permits retelling of those facts by Google or anyone else--forever.
It is certainly true that the Internet permits access to information that in times past would never have seen the light of day and its equally true that the legal system and our Constitutionally Protected freedoms clash with the realities of today's "privacy" frequently.
As a practical matter, only thing you can do is move forward, have a crisp and brief explanation of events you can recite to employers when they question your past, and let this get buried under the weight of other internet stories. Even the most famous people in the world have private matters, arrests, blogs, pictures that enter the public stream of the Internet--those issues eventually fade from view--as will yours.
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I'm intrigued. Are you someone famous, such that Google would have an employee specifically change their algorithm so that this particular result keeps coming up first while other results would be pushed to the rear? A politician of some sort? After all, that's a lot of time/money on Google's part to target you, so you must be someone important. Or maybe not. Why don't you try to get some positive exposure on the web, so the positive results will push the negative result down to the second or third page? Fighting Google over this would be a waste of time and money.
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If the girl hit you with her car on any type of business property, you may have an inadequate security claim against the property owner
You want to sue Google? Good luck with that my friend. They are VERY well represented and that's not where your problems lie. Privacy died with the advent of the internet. It's not Google's fault. But if you do try to sue them, please be sure to let us know how that goes. My prediction: They'll squash you like a cockroach and you'll end up owing them attorney's fees.
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Google is immune from liability for what other people write. Your argument is not with Google. If you believe you have been defamed, your best bet is to speak with an attorney who handles this kind of case.
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