Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dismissal Of Lawsuit Against Yahoo! For "Shameful" Links When Person Searched Name Affirmed

The Seventh Circuit released another opinion, today, relating to internet actions. In Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc., the court's opinion began:
Like many, Beverly Stayart was curious about what she would find when she put her name into a search engine. In this case it was Yahoo. To her dismay, the comprehensive search results eventually contained links to websites and advertisements that she found shameful. She then sued Yahoo and the other defendants alleging trademark infringement and a host of state law claims. The district court dismissed her complaint, finding she lacked standing under the Lanham Act to sue for trademark infringement. She appeals, and because we agree that Stayart lacks standing under the Lanham Act, we affirm.


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