Judge rejects Oracle's $1.3 billion award against SAP

Summary:In a surprising twist, a judge has reversed a major ruling in favor of Oracle against SAP in a corporate theft trial.

Oracle is involved in a number of legal battles at the moment -- most notably with Google and HP, among others -- but a new ruling on Thursday is shaking everything up.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton is rejecting a $1.3 billion award that a jury offered to Oracle months ago in its corporate theft trial against SAP. That decision can be read online on SAP's website.

Here's a copy of the new ruling:

Oracle Sap New Trial

Oracle originally argued that SAP's subsidiary TomorrowNow wrongfully and illegally downloaded millions of Oracle files.

The reversal is not to say that the judge doesn't side with Oracle at all. Instead, Hamilton believes the actual damages to Oracle were worth only $272 million. A significant difference, obviously, which will definitely not please Oracle. But it's still a hefty chunk of change.

Oracle has two options here: either accept the $272 million award and move on, or go back in for a new trial. Larry Ellison's company still has not responded publicly to the decision yet.

However, given how many resources are being plugged into its lawsuit with Google over Android and Java patent infringement, it might be better for Oracle to just take this money and run.

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Topics: Oracle, SAP

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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