Last time we checked in with the ongoing legal dispute between Google and Oracle, Google was providing the court with a list of people it has paid, who have shared comments about the case (though, Google says it has never paid anyone to comment on the case).
Today, a judge reportedly ordered Oracle to pay Google $1 million to cover court costs related to the case.
In July, Google was demanding that Oracle pay $4 million to cover legal fees, including nearly $3 million to cover "fees for exemplification and the costs of making copies of any materials where the copies are necessarily obtained for use in the case,” and another million for “fees for printed or electronically recorded transcripts necessarily obtained for use in the case,” and “compensation of the court-appointed expert”.
The judge shot down Google's request that Oracle pay $2.9 million for costs related to document discovery, IDG News reports.
Judge William Alsup is quoted as saying, "The problem with Google's e-discovery bill of costs is that many of [the] item-line descriptions seemingly bill for 'intellectual effort' such as organizing, searching, and analyzing the discovery documents. Most egregious are attempts to bill costs for 'conferencing,' 'prepare for and participate in kickoff call,' and communications with co-workers, other vendors, and clients. These are non-taxable intellectual efforts."
In a court filing previously obtained by Wired, Google claimed to had “collected documents from over 86 custodians” for use in the case, and “delivered to its document vendor over 97 million documents for electronic processing and review”.
A jury sided with Google in June, before a judge ultimately dismissed Oracle’s claim that Google infringed on Oracle’s Java copyrights, ruling that Java API elements are not copyrightable.
Oracle still intends to appeal.