Los Angeles (March 24, 2004) -- CPA Mark Maughan and his Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., firm Brown & Maughan are suing Google and other search engines powered by Google, including AOL, Time Warner and Yahoo!, for libel, “products liability” and “unfair business practices,” claiming that their searches have returned “false, misleading and injurious results” about him and his practice.

The suit, filed March 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that last year Maughan’s family members typed his name into the search engine and received results that “falsely represent that plaintiffs Maughan and/or Brown & Maughan have been disciplined for gross negligence, for failing to timely submit a client's claim for refund of overpayment of taxes, and for practicing as a CPA without a permit."

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