SAP, Waste Management and Lawyers

Summary:Trashy behavior?Infoworld's got a real treat in this piece on the SAP/Waste Management litigation.

Trashy behavior?

Infoworld's got a real treat in this piece on the SAP/Waste Management litigation.

Some of the highlights (and I do mean some (not all)) include: - Waste Management has produced over 940,000 documents while SAP has delivered over 300,000 - SAP wants to delay events until spring of 2010 - each side has its own spin re: the cooperation (or lack thereof) of the other side - depositions aren't getting completed in a timely manner

When I negotiate a software contract, I really like to craft all sorts of "pre-nup" clauses into a deal so that if a problem flares up during or after implementation, both sides can avoid the actions in play in this litigation. I don't have anything against litigators but disputes like this are a huge disruption for executives on both sides, generate negative PR for everyone and can be exceptionally expensive. Without a great pre-nup, lawyers and expert witnesses are usually the only sure-fire winners.

At this point, a judge will often tell one or both parties to settle. I'm sure in those 1.2 million documents someone should be able to find a handful of documents that either make or break this case. Find those documents and get this resolved. At the rate both parties are proceeding with this case, it will be a war of attrition. I think I'll check in on this case after a couple million more documents surface. Wake me when something interesting pops up.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Legal, SAP


Brian is in a unique position to diagnosis the winners and the losers in technology and services. He was the longest running (10 years) and most senior director of Andersen Consulting's (now Accenture's) global Software Intelligence unit - a position that required him to pick the best possible software solutions for hundreds of clients gl... Full Bio

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