In a surprising twist, a judge has reversed a major ruling, rejecting the US$1.3 billion damages SAP had been ordered to pay Oracle in a corporate theft 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 agree with Oracle at all. Instead, Hamilton believes the actual damages to Oracle were worth only US$272 million. A significant difference, obviously, which will definitely not please Oracle.
Oracle has two options here: either accept the US$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.
Oracle is involved in a number of legal battles at the moment — most notably with Google and HP — but this ruling will shake everything up.
Given how many resources are being plugged into Oracle's lawsuit with Google over Android and Java patent infringement, it might be better for Oracle to just take this money and run.
Via ZDNet US