by Seth Fineberg Los Angeles — A recent lawsuit filed by a CPA alleging libel against major search engine Google and all Google-powered affiliated entities could have legal implications that extend beyond the accounting profession.

Mark Maughan and his Fountain Valley, 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.” Maughan’s suit claims that their searches have returned “false, misleading and injurious results” about him and his practice.

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