The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled, in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc., that Google must comply with an order to remove from worldwide search results a variety of websites operated by defendants in an intellectual property dispute. The court found that the company falls under the British Columbia courts' jurisdiction because of its data gathering and advertising activities in British Columbia. It dismissed Google’s appeal of an interlocutory injunction sought by industrial equipment manufacturers suing a former distributor for allegedly stealing trade secrets to design a competing product and passing it off to online customers as the plaintiffs’ own. The ruling marks the first time a Canadian court has issued an injunction with such a high impact on a non-resident, non-party’s global activity. It also is part of a trend of courts worldwide issuing content-removal orders that have effect well beyond the courts' national jurisdiction.