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Judge recommends Page and Ellison showdown

The judge overseeing the Oracle versus Google alleged Android infringment case has recommended that both companies should be forced to send respective chief executives, Larry Ellison and Larry Page, to mitigation proceedings in order to try and reach a settlement.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor on

The judge overseeing the Oracle versus Google alleged Android infringment case has recommended that both companies should be forced to send respective chief executives, Larry Ellison and Larry Page, to mitigation proceedings in order to try and reach a settlement.

Judge William Alsup referred the mediation effort to magistrate judge Paul Grewal along with the non-compulsory recommendation that Grewal should request the company chief executives, as well as the negotiators already proposed by each party.

"In light of the October trial date, mediation sessions should take place this month. The Court strongly recommends that Judge Grewal order Larry Ellison of Oracle and Larry Page of Google as well as the officers identified by the parties at docket numbers 401 and 402 to attend all mediation sessions, but leaves this determination to his judgment," Alsup wrote in the order.

On Wednesday, Google said it would send Android chief Andrew Rubin, while Oracle offered its co-president Safra Catz to handle negotiations in the ongoing case . However, Oracle objected to Google's choice of representative on the grounds that Rubin was not senior enough.

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