Android maker Google has found itself on the back-foot in its legal dispute with Oracle after the judge in charge of the case turned down its appeal to redact a controversial and potentially damaging email.
The judge ruled that the email cannot be sealed as it is an incomplete draft not "protected by the attorney-client privilege."
Oracle had dragged the search giant into the court last year in August, 2010, accusing it of violating a number of patents involving the Java programming language. Oracle had acquired Sun Microsystem, the previous owner of Java in 2010 for an amount of over $7 billion.
However, Google has always maintained its stand by stating that its Android OS platform never violated any of the patents claimed by Oracle in the lawsuit.
"What we've actually been asked to do by Larry and Sergey is to investigate what technology alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome," Google engineer Tim Lindholm stated in the Aug. 2010 e-mail, Computer World reports.
The email continues, "We've been over a hundred of these and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java."
The email in question was released in July during a hearing on Google’s plea, which appealed to the court to set aside the opinions put forward by the damage experts hired by Oracle.