In the seemingly endless legal war between Oracle and Google, another trial is all but certain. But unless the two tech behemoths are able to settle through mediation, which based on a Reuters report from court on Thursday seems highly unlikely, the only big question that really remains is when.
In a case management order issued on Friday morning, both parties must file formal motions about willfulness in reference to the Oracle v. SAP case by August 6. That will be followed a report from Dr. James Kearl, who has been tapped to provide expert testimony linked to Apple v. Samsung by August 21. Kearl has long been the court-appointed expert on the case.
Both parties have the option of filing to disqualify his testimony by September 10. Discovery will run through December with additional expert submissions due in January 2016. However, due to a very busy schedule for Judge William Alsup, who proceeded over the first trial, the filing said the second trial won’t commence until either as early as March 28 or as late as September 12, 2016. The throwback to the U.S. District Court for Northern California follows Google’s failed attempt at getting the case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.