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Short Sellers’ Damning Reports May Get Harder to Google (1)

Dec. 8, 2022, 3:04 PM

Targets of damning reports by short sellers and other critics of corporate performance can insist that Google cuts internet search links to the research — but only if they can show it’s wrong, according to the European Union’s top court.

EU judges weighed in after two unidentified executives claimed they were hit by an online information campaign in 2015 unfairly criticizing the way they ran their business and depicting them living a lavish lifestyle including luxury cars, a helicopter and charter plane.

The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Thursday that search-engine operators “must dereference information” ...