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Google, Oracle Financed Many Supporters in Supreme Court Faceoff

  • Both companies funded some who signed friend-of-court briefs
  • Supreme Court rules don’t require general funding disclosures
The U.S. Supreme Court stands on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court stands on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Oracle Corp. will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in a multibillion-dollar copyright dispute with sweeping implications for technology and media companies worldwide.

But the finale of the high-stakes litigation, which has been grinding through the federal courts for a decade, may be remembered for another reason: as a case study in the subtle art of influencing Supreme Court justices.