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Trump Backs Supporter Ellison in Court Fight With Google

The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, boosting Oracle Corp.’s bid to collect more than $8 billion in royalties for Google’s use of copyrighted programming code in the Android operating system.

Making Millions Off Others’ Lawsuits: How Litigation Finance Works

For centuries it was considered taboo for a third-party to have a financial stake in a lawsuit. Today, thanks to an industry re-examining the relevance of legal doctrines from feudal times, a new crop of firms have sprouted to invest in lawsuits for profit. The concept, known as litigation finance, has quickly spawned a multi-billion dollar industry that is getting the attention of the country’s largest law firms.

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