A “conga line of litigants” is preparing to sue Google after this week’s High Court judgment cleared the way for a man to continue his legal war against the internet giant.
The lawyer for Michael Trkulja – who sued over search engine results that suggested he was a member of Melbourne’s criminal underworld – said the decision was a wake-up call for all media companies.
Stuart Gibson, a partner at Mills Oakley, said more than 20 cases have been “held back in the hope that Google would fall at this juncture and not escape potential liability as a publisher at law”.
“There is a conga line of litigants waiting to be file defamation cases pending this judgment. One would expect those cases to now proceed,” Mr Gibson said.