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Oracle ordered to pay Google $1.1 million for legal fees

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Oracle ordered to pay Google $1.1 million for legal fees
Lawsuits are ugly business, and if you lose a lawsuit, it gets far uglier. Oracle lost its case against Google earlier this year, and that means that not only does Oracle not get the damages asked for in the trial, but Oracle also has to help pay for Google's legal fees. Google had originally asked that Oracle pay the entirety of Google's $4 million in legal fees, but the judge thought that a bit harsh. 

Instead, a judge has ordered Oracle to pay just $1,130,350 of Google's legal bill. Oracle had tried to avoid paying by claiming the trial was “a landmark issue of national importance,” but fan favorite Judge William Alsup, who actually taught himself to code during the trial, did not agree. According to Judge Alsup in his ruling:

While it is true that a copyright issue presented, copyrightability of APIs, was of great importance to the computer industry, this is not enough to deny costs. Oracle did not bring its API copyright claim for the benefit of addressing ‘a landmark issue of national importance,’ but instead fell back on an overreaching (albeit somewhat novel) theory of copyright infringement for its own financial interests late in litigation.

"Overreaching" seems like the perfect word to describe Oracle's lawsuit against Google, don't you think?

source: Mashable

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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:15 11

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5926; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I imagine Larry would rather drink a glass of rat poison than sign the check to Google.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:20 13

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And the final face slap to add to the original injury. Glad to see Oracle has to pony up money for the trouble they caused Google.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:21 15

3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yep. I can't wait to see this happen to Apple.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 17:40 1

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


want a chair and a razor..

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:22 12

4. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 307; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Google spends $4 million defending itself from this overreaching crock of a lawsuit, and get stiffed for about 75% of the bill? That's what I'd call harsh. Oracle got off too easy on this one.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:45 2

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5926; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Don't forget that Larry was demanding $1 B for damages. $3 M is more in line with cost of doing business.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 18:01 7

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 3150; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Poetic justice.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 20:01

8. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I still have faith in fair and justice outcomes in patent cases.

Good luck to Google and everybody else involved in the Paul Allen patent case....that one might be a doozy. Good luck to everyone except Apple....lol.

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