An Australian has won approval to take legal action against Google for defamation over search results that he alleges link him to the country’s criminal underworld. Milorad “Michael” Trkulja has won over the Australian High Court. His argument says, he should be permissible to go to court against Google for purportedly publishing pictures that he has claimed “convey accusation that he is a hardened and serious criminal in Melbourne’,” according to an amended statement of arguing referred to the High Court order (PDF).
Milorad “Michael” Trkulja was shot in the back in 2004 in a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. The Australian High Court collectively ruled in goodwill of Trkulja, sustaining his accusation that a Google search of his name could point out to an ordinary person into a criminal. Also that he was in some way linked with the Melbourne criminal underworld.
Trkulja said he would go on with legal approach against Google until the website removes his name and photos from the internet.
Initially, the Local state’s court which works under the National High Court rejected his attempts of appeal to sue the advertising technology company. He is also claiming insult for Google’s auto-complete options for his name, which has incorporated tags like “is a former hit man,” “Underworld” and “criminal.”
“I will sue Google … and I will sue them ’til they stop. I want them to block my pictures,” he said. “I’m not a criminal, I’ve never been involved and I will make sure these people are not going to ruin my family – I have grandchildren,” the Aussie Associated Press news agency published his words.
This is not the first time Google has faced offense claims and cases. In fact, in 2015, Daily Mail Australia reported on a familiar sight success for Adelaide woman, Dr. Janice Duffy. The academic claimed that Google defamed her after the matter was posted online to ‘Ripoff Report’ in 2007.
Google said in an announcement: “We will continue to defend the claim. We decline to comment further on ongoing legal matters.”
The company also ordered to give Trkulja’s costs for the High Court appeal.