Bloomberg News reports that Daniel Hegglin and Google agreed on the settlement as a five-day trial was scheduled to begin in London where the banker was going to ask the company to remove the defamatory comments from some websites. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
'The settlement includes significant efforts on Google’s part to remove the abusive material', Hugh Tomlinson, Hegglin’s lawyer, said in a statement in court. 'Hegglin will now concentrate his energies on bringing the person responsible for this campaign of harassment to justice'.
Hegglin, who is based in Hong Kong, was subject to abuse on more than 4,000 different websites, Tomlinson said.
The banker had also asked Google to hand over an IP address to help identify the author of the comments posted anonymously. Google has done a 'significant' amount of work to identify the person responsible for the posting, according to another pre-trial ruling handed down November 14th.
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