Oracle ordered to pay more to Google than they can win in damages
How did this happen? Those of you who followed the Oracle v. Google case may recall that Oracle tried not once, not twice, but three times to submit a damages report to the court that it would accept. The first two were part of Oracle's attempt to justify why they should be owed billions of dollars, a claim that apparently no one believed (except Florian Mueller). The court didn’t accept Oracle's numbers, and rejected both of the initial attempts outright.
At that point Judge Alsup was content to simply not allow Oracle to provide a damages report at all, but Oracle realized this was not a good idea for them and did the legal equivalent of begging and pleading to be allowed to provide a third damages report. The judge grudgingly allowed Oracle a third chance stating:
So Google kept a separate record of their legal fees associated with deposing Oracle's damages witness, filing responses, doing defense research, etc. According to a Google spokesperson those fees exceeded $300,000, which means that even if Oracle gets the maximum of $150,000 for each ruling of statutory copyright infringement they will still have paid Google more money than they received in damages.
Of course Google racked up that $300,000 in a week or two with only a part of their legal team working on Oracle’s report – so in a case that lasted over a year we know that the real winners here were their legal team, as both sides undoubtedly spent tens of millions of dollars on this case. None the less, this must certainly be like rubbing salt in the wound for Oracle and their legal team. If you’re really into reading legal rulings, you can find the ruling in its entirety in the source link.
source: Court Order via Gizmodo