SAP: Let's speed this Oracle case up

Summary:SAP is arguing for a "prompt resolution" of the Oracle suit, which alleges "corporate theft on a grand scale."Oracle and SAP on Tuesday filed their case management conference statement in the lawsuit.

SAP is arguing for a "prompt resolution" of the Oracle suit, which alleges "corporate theft on a grand scale."

Oracle and SAP on Tuesday filed their case management conference statement in the lawsuit. These documents are part of the jockeying to figure out how Oracle's lawsuit will proceed. Oracle and SAP will both go before a judge on Sept. 4 to hash out the details.

As indicated earlier, it's highly doubtful these two rivals will let this case go to trial. The dirty laundry that could be aired is simply too great. As background, Oracle sued SAP March 22 and alleged corporate espionage. SAP responded on July 3, admitted illegal downloading of Oracle property, but shot down most of Oracle's claims.

SAP reiterated that Oracle's allegations are dramatic, but inaccurate. Oracle called them the tip of the iceberg. SAP's plan is to argue that Oracle's issues are with its TomorrowNow unit, not SAP overall.

SAP said (see Reuters story and SAP's statement):

"This case, in short, is about whether TomorrowNow exceeded its customers' rights in downloading certain materials. That is not a matter of 'corporate theft on a grand scale', as Oracle says in its complaint, but a matter of contract interpretation.”

SAP is also pushing for a mediator to resolve the conflict. Oracle countered with: "Oracle is entitled to know what happened, what SAP knew, when SAP knew it and how much SAP has benefited from its scheme."

To be continued...

Topics: SAP, Oracle

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