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Google renews bid to sanction Oracle for leaking search deals with Apple

Google is once again seeking sanctions against a lawyer for Oracle accused of violating a court protective order by revealing Google's massive annual payments to Apple for iPhone search bar privileges.




"Google and third party Apple were harmed by Oracle's counsel's disclosure regarding the terms of a significant and confidential commercial agreement," according to a June 29 letter to the court seen by Fortune. Google originally tried to pursue sanctions in January, but U.S. District Judge William Alsup said he would only consider them at the end of the Oracle v. Google trial.

That trial —over whether the use of Java APIs in Android amounted to fair use —concluded in late May in Google's favor, although Oracle is working to appeal.

Oracle is taking the side the lawyer, Annette Hurst, who works for an outside firm called Orrick. Though it has yet to submit a formal response, an Oracle statement emailed to Fortune indicates that the company will oppose Google's "frivolous" motion, claimed to be "premised on oral arguments in open court that were a response to Google's misrepresentations."

If Google succeeds, Hurst and Oracle could both be fined for contempt of court.

During the trial, Hurst exposed the fact that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 alone, and splits up to 34 percent of the revenue it gets from iPhone searches. Prior to then that data was a closely-guarded secret.