Google Ordered by Court to Block 9 Images in Max Mosley Case

Google Inc. (GOOG) was ordered by a Paris court to filter nine images linked to Max Mosley in a lawsuit seeking to block search results referring to a “Nazi-themed” sex party and the former Formula One president.

Mosley, 73, was awarded 1 euro ($1.35) in damages by the court in a dispute that goes back to a 2008 story in a U.K. tabloid newspaper. Google called the ruling “troubling.”

“This decision should worry those who champion the cause of freedom of expression on the Internet,” Daphne Keller, associate general counsel at Google, said in an e-mailed statement.

Mosley won a 60,000-pound ($96,534) breach-of-privacy award in a U.K. court in 2008 from News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper for publishing the story on a Nazi-themed “orgy” along with a video. A judge ruled there was no Nazi theme and the story wasn’t in the public interest. Mosley won a similar ruling in France in 2011 when a judge ordered News Corp. to pay as much as 32,000 euros in fines and fees over the story.

Mosley in 2011 told a U.K. inquiry investigating the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp. that he filed suits against Google in Germany and France over the search results.

“Our existing removal process represents an effective way of helping Mr. Mosley,” Google’s Keller said.

Clara Zerbib, a lawyer for Mosley in France, didn’t immediately return a call and e-mail seeking comment.

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