Google, Inc., which is currently the world’s largest Internet search company, lost its bid to seal legal documents in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed sometime in 2010 by Oracle, Corp. (ORCL). Google’s attempt to seek protection of portions of a transcript related to expert witnesses under the attorney-client privilege was futile.
The United States District Court stated that:
The document is “an incomplete draft of an e-mail message” and “never was sent to anyone.” Thus, the document is not a communication of any type, much less a communication protected by the attorney-client privilege.”
Case Name: Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc.
Case Number: 3:10-cv- 03561
Court Location: U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)