Google sued in Hong Kong in internet defamation case.

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Albert Yeung
The Hong Kong High Court has given a prominent business man Albert Yeung Sau-shing leave to sue Google for defamation.

Yeung’s empire spans jewelry, property and finance in Hong Kong.

David Hanks
This Hong Kong case against Google comes at a time when a business man in Thailand, David Hanks, has filed criminal indictments against Google for a ‘disgusting’ post on Google’s ‘Blogger’ platform.

The case relates to searches for Yeung’s name on Google and suggestions made by the auto-complete function. In both Chinese and English versions auto-complete proposes the word ‘triad,’ a reference to Hong Kong organized crime syndicates, when searching for Yeung.

Yeung accuses Google of libel and is seeking to have it remove the organized crime references.

Google failed in a bid to have the case dismissed before it can go to trial.

The internet giant that the Hong Kong courts do not have the jurisdiction over…

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