“Eight New York residents sued Baidu Inc. (BIDU-Q130.060.590.46%) and the Chinese government on Wednesday, accusing China’s biggest search engine of conspiring with its rulers to censor pro-democracy speech.

The eight pro-democracy activists claim violations of the U.S. Constitution and, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, the suit is the first of its type. In an unorthodox move it names not only a company but also the Chinese government as defendants.”

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