Oracle bids on PeopleSoft
$5.1 billion offer
In a statement, PeopleSoft said that "Oracle's true intent in making the tender offer was to undercut PeopleSoft's business operations by disparaging PeopleSoft's products, services and future prospects" as well as to interfere with the J.D. Edwards deal.
"By making an offer with the acknowledged intent of eliminating PeopleSoft's business, Oracle seeks to disrupt PeopleSoft's efforts to complete new sales, thus effectively damaging PeopleSoft's business even, if Oracle never buys a single share of PeopleSoft stock," PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway said in the statement.
In a statement, Oracle criticized the latest lawsuit.
"PeopleSoft seems to have revived its on-again, off-again litigation strategy," Oracle spokesman Jim Finn said. "This matter must be decided by PeopleSoft shareholders and not by frivolous litigation."
PeopleSoft also faces a lawsuit of its own over the Oracle matter. A class-action suit filed Thursday in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of PeopleSoft shareholders says the company's board breached its fiduciary duties in connection with its response to the Oracle bid.
In a filing Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, PeopleSoft said it believes these claims are "without merit" and said it intends to "vigorously defend" against the suit.