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Hong Kong court says tycoon can sue Google over defamatory autocomplete suggestions

FILE - In this March 22, 2009 file photo, Albert Yeung, left, chairman of the Hong Kong media conglomerate Emperor Entertainment Group and his wife attend the premiere of his film

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FILE - In this March 22, 2009 file photo, Albert Yeung, left, chairman of the Hong Kong media conglomerate Emperor Entertainment Group and his wife attend the premiere of his film " Shinjuku Incident " as part of the kickoff for The 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival in Hong Kong. A court has ruled that the Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

HONG KONG - A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime.

In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit.

Yeung filed the lawsuit after he failed to get Google to remove suggested terms related to triads, or organized crime gangs, in connection with searches for his name.

The billionaire's business empire includes an entertainment company that produces films and manages some of the city's biggest celebrities.

It's the latest legal headache for Google over its search service. Earlier this year, the European Union's top court ruled that Google and other search engines must respond to requests seeking removal of links to personal information.

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