Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Appeals move forward in Google-Oracle dispute

Throughout their years of operation, many businesses end up in disputes. Some issues can bring about more difficult scenarios than others, and it can sometimes take years and legal action to work toward favorable outcomes. In some cases, companies may need to move forward with appeals if an initial result did not work in their favor.

Florida readers may be interested in a continuing dispute between major tech companies Google and Oracle. The initial problem arose in 2010 when Oracle filed a lawsuit claiming that Google violated copyright laws by using some of the company's programming code. In the beginning cases, Google won twice in the lower courts. However, Oracle chose to appeal, which had a beneficial outcome for that company.

Of course, Google did not stop there, and now the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court as Google appeals the most recent ruling. The case has the potential to cost Google billions of dollars in fines if the ruling does not go in its favor. The report stated that a decision will be issued before July of next year.

When substantial amounts of money are at stake, it is understandable for businesses to want to do everything they can to reach the best outcomes possible. Appeals can often be vital in major business law cases, and understanding this option is important for any Florida company facing legal action. If an initial ruling does not go in a company's favor, owners may want to discuss the possibility of an appeal with their legal counsel.

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