The lawsuits demanded that the directors and executives make good the $500 million, and be required to pay damages to be decided by a jury to "punish defendants and to make an example of defendants."
Besides Page, Brin and Schmidt, the lawsuits also named current board members John Doerr, of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; John Hennessy, the president of Stanford University; Paul Otellini, the CEO of Intel ; Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University; and others.
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