Some of you might be wondering if it is possible to beat Google at anything, well a woman just proved it is!! #GirlPower.
Earlier in 2011, Dr. Janice Duffy, a health department researcher sued Google for failing to remove her name from the Search engine after a website by name “Ripoff Report” (a site that allows anyone to post reports about people whom they suspect are behaving in a criminal or dishonest manner, regardless of its factual accuracy) defamed her – According to her, prospective employer would use the search engine to research her, and it had caused her financial and psychological damage.
Fast forward to 2015, Dr. Janice Duffy who represented herself during the trial earlier this year, but hired a legal representation later walked away from the court smiling.
“I wish it hadn’t happened, but I beat the bastards,” she told The Advertiser.
“Would we be here if they had helped when I asked? Absolutely not … I think they thought they could just make me go away, but I’m stubborn.
“I’m glad I stood up to them … Google can’t come into our country, destroy reputations and get away with it.”
Google fought the case, arguing defenses of innocent dissemination, qualified privilege, justification and contextual truth. However, the court favored Dr. Janice Duffy and gave her $100,000 in damages plus $15,000 in interest.
Can someone defame my name?