05-19 14:57 Baidu Inc., owner of Chinaâ€™s largest searching engine, was sued by eight Chinese living in New York, for helping the government to censor political expression that violates the U.S. Constitution, a Bloomberg report said today. The reported citied a complaint filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court as saying that the plaintiffs are seeking 16 million U.S. dollars in damages from the company and the Chinese government, because their â€œwritings, publications, and coverage of pro-democracy eventsâ€ were censored and banned from Baiduâ€™s search engine. They also charge Baidu and China violated New York State civil rights laws, the report said. â€œChina will be required to answer the complaint or there will be a default judgment against them,â€ the report quoted Stephen Preziosi, lawyer for the plaintiffs as saying. Caijing reporters failed to get a comment from Guo Yiguang, Director of Baiduâ€™s Public Relations Department after querying in an email. Baidu is virtually in a quasi-monopolistic position in the Chinese mainland, as its main rival, Google, relocated its services to Hong Kong, according to a CLSA report in May.