A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called “right to be forgotten”.
Malcolm Edwards originally applied for an injunction forcing five media organisations including the BBC to remove their articles about him.
He discontinued this claim, then applied for permission to serve proceedings on Google instead.
The judge at Nottingham County Court dismissed the application.
In his judgment, His Honour Judge Nigel Godsmark QC said the applications were “totally without merit”.
He granted three of the defendants – the Nottingham Post, Derby Telegraph and Associated Newspapers – costs of £6,627.
The former law lecturer and lay preacher must also pay the Guardian costs of £6,859 and the BBC £5,127.