Judge orders Google to remove ad from living tribunal
The California federal judge presiding over the landmark $1.6 billion Google case has ordered the tech giant to remove an ad that portrays a woman with a black eye as a racist.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Aaron Persky on Thursday was hailed by some as a victory for Google over the racial and religious bias of a state attorney general and a U.K. court.
“Google is entitled to its First Amendment right to free speech, but that right is not unlimited,” said Robert Spitzer, a lawyer who has litigated against Google for racial discrimination in the past.
“In this case, the judge was very clear that this is not free speech.
He said Google has the right to do this, but it has to be done in a manner that does not discriminate.”
Google’s argument is that the ad is misleading.
It argues that its use of the image shows that it believes the woman in the ad, a black woman, is an “unfair” comparison to the company.
The company is also seeking to have the ad removed from other Google-owned media and search properties that are operated by the company and are linked to Google properties.
Google is the first tech company to challenge the state’s decision.
Earlier this month, Google appealed the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The state’s attorney general, Bill Lockyer, has argued that Google’s ads violate the state Constitution’s equal protection clause.
He has also argued that the ads do not “serve a legitimate governmental interest” in “promoting public health and safety.”
In a brief filed on Wednesday, Google argued that its ads are protected by the First Amendment and by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection of the laws.
It said its ads do “not advocate discrimination against people or groups of people because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
It also argued in its brief that Google is not entitled to special protections because of the fact that it does not own the ads.
“The First Amendment does not permit a private corporation to create a forum on which it can engage in speech that may incite a breach of the peace or cause harm to others,” Google wrote.
“Google has no interest in encouraging the violation of property rights or the violation or use of property for any purpose.”