Google Spent $100 Million Defending Viacom Suit

by lawshucks on July 15, 2010

We wrote about all the top-notch lawyers Google used defending its YouTube division against Viacom’s copyright claims.

Well, all that talent doesn’t come cheap.

At the 2nd quarter earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette revealed the total legal bill was $100 million.

Yes, $100 million… and they never got to trial.  And Viacom is still appealing.

That’s a nice chunk of change for Wilson Sonsini and Mayer Brown, who represented Google.

Presumably Shearman & Sterling and Jenner & Block got paid similar amounts by Viacom.

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