Five Companies That Dropped The Ball This Week


... Oracle's Damages Claims Get Reduced

Even though Oracle technically won with the jury's copyright infringement ruling, it's a Pyrrhic victory of sorts for the software company. Oracle had sought $6 billion in damages from Google, but U.S. District Judge William Alsup stated that because the amount of copied software code was so limited -- just nine lines in all -- Oracle will likely be entitled to just statutory damages, which would amount to a paltry $150,000. Judge Alsup also hinted that he may eliminate the third and final phase of the trial, which would assess damages, and push both sides for a settlement. All in all, this trial looks like it's cost Google and Oracle a lot of time and money and produced nothing but headaches.