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Google To Face NSW Supreme Court

Google Australia has been summoned to appear before the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, after last week reportedly failing to remove online “reviews” about a Sydney businessman that were claimed to be offensive.

The businessman’s name at this stage has been suppressed. He is represented by multinational law firm Kennedys, according to an IT Wire report.

The businessman is said to have launched the legal action over what were claimed to be “seriously defamatory” attacks on him on Google Reviews, and after his repeated appeals to Google were said to have gone went unanswered.

Google Reviews are not written by Google but supplied as comment by outsiders.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court granted an urgent injunction requiring Google to remove the reviews and not allow any new ones to be uploaded. On Friday, after finding the reviews had not been removed, Supreme Court Justice David Davies issued a direction that Google be charged with contempt of court.

A Google spokesperson has been quoted as saying: “When we receive court orders, we take them seriously and respond in a timely manner.”