Court Rejects Effort to De-Index Search Results–Manchanda v. Google

19 11 2016

Rahul Manchanda, an attorney, claims he was defamed in Ripoff Reports and elsewhere. In 2013, he obtained a restraining order against some of the authors in New York state court. Manchanda then sought to expand that order to restrain Ripoff Report and the search engines from indexing the targeted posts. In 2014, the state court rejected that request on Section 230 grounds and rejected his trademark claim. In 2016, Manchanda sued the search engines directly for indexing the defamatory content and selling keywords using his trademarks. He also sought to hold the search engines in contempt of the 2013 restraining order–despite the 2014 ruling absolving the search engines of responsibility (yes, I’m as confused as you are about the contempt request).

The federal district judge efficiently but meticulously rejects all of Manchanda’s requests, in some cases on multiple grounds.


Case citation: Manchanda v. Google, Inc., 1:16-cv-03350-JPO (SDNY Nov. 16, 2016). The complaint. The 2014 New York Supreme Court denial of Manchanda’s restraining order request under the name Anonymous v. Does 1-47.


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