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Google Wins Another Round Against Conservative Website Operator

July 29, 2022, 6:59 PM

Google LLC got a boost in its bid for attorneys’ fees after defeating a conservative website operator’s claims of viewpoint discrimination, when a federal magistrate judge in Florida recommended awarding the tech giant nearly $150,000 in fees.

Google should receive most of the $202,206 it requested in attorneys’ fees and appellate attorneys’ fees, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart said in a report issued Thursday. The website operator’s failure to plead a viable racketeering claim despite “multiple chances” entitles Google to fees under Florida racketeering law, Reinhart said. But the company’s not entitled to fees under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices ...