Patently Absurd

Anyone Shilling for Google and/or Oracle Might Want to ‘Fess Up Now

Also, shame on you.
william alsup district judge Anyone Shilling for Google and/or Oracle Might Want to Fess Up Now

Judge Alsup. (Photo: Wikipedia)

These patent cases are really starting to get the goats of America’s fine judicial personalities. Back in June, Judge Richard Posner dismissed the Apple v. Motorola battle royale, saying neither could “establish a right to relief.”

Now PaidContent reports that William Alsup, who’s stuck presiding over the final stages of Oracle’s case against Google, is laying down the law on the subject of disclosures. Specifically, he wants the two companies to provide complete lists of any bloggers and/or journalists they might have on the payroll. Shady!

The order says:

The Court is concerned that the parties and/or counsel herein may have retained or paid print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case.

And no, it doesn’t matter that the case is close to wrapping up:

Although proceedings in this matter are almost over, they are not fully over yet and, in any event, the disclosure required by this order would be of use on appeal or on any remand to make clear whether any treatise, article, commentary or analysis on the issues posed by the case are possibly influenced bt financial relationships to the parties or counsel.

Both sides and their counsel are required to file “a statement herein clear identifying all authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have reported or commented on any issues in this case and who have received money” for doing so.

The deadline is August 17 at noon, and you’d better believe that’ll make for some interesting reading.

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