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Remember all the squabbling over how much Oracle claimed Google owed it for Android?At first Oracle wanted an incredible $6.1 billion, but the judge laughed at that and Oracle was forced to trim the ask to a mere $1 billion.
The judge wound up appointing a third-party expert, Dr. James Kearl, to figure out the damages. Neither side ended up calling him to the stand.
Apparently neither company rushed to pay him, too, because the judge issued a court order that reads: “Prior to the June 21 case management conference, counsel shall please make sure that Dr. James Kearl is completely paid up.”
Google basically won the whole dang thing. Oracle has already reportedly had to cut Google a check for legal fees—including a portion of Dr. Kearl’s expenses. (The parties would normally have to split them, but Oracle insisted on a third attempt at calculating its damages, which the judge only allowed on the condition that Oracle cover Google’s expenses.)
Google may end up having to pay a little bit of damages from 9 lines of code that had mistakenly wound up in Android for a short time—out of millions of lines of code—and a few test files that were mistakenly copied but never made it into the Android code base. But those acts of infringement come to $300,000, tops—less than Oracle has paid Google for fees.
So no one made any money out of this drama except the lawyers. And eventually Dr. Kearl.
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