Oracle and SAP’s legal tussle on damages relating to code theft by TomorrowNow, which has been rumbling on since 2008, may not be resolved until 2014, V3 has learned.
The case began five years ago when Oracle accused TomorrowNow, a company bought by SAP in 2005, of stealing code from Oracle and passing it off as it own.
The case went to court in 2010 in a trial that saw former SAP chief executive Léo Apotheker, who at that time was chief executive at HP, go into hiding to avoid a subpoena.
In November 2010 SAP was ordered to pay Oracle huge damages of $1.3bn, but this was reduced to $272m on appeal. Oracle was unhappy with this and said it wanted a retrial. In response, SAP offered to pay $306m and Oracle’s legal bill of $120m.
However, Oracle said this was still not enough and sent the decision to appeal. This is ongoing with no set date for a decision, and it could roll over into 2014, V3 has learned.
“The TomorrowNow litigation is now on appeal. We expect the appeal to be decided in the latter half of 2013 or early 2014,” SAP told V3 in a statement. “There is no trial currently scheduled, pending the outcome of the appeal.”
Oracle acknowledged the case was still on appeal but did not provide any comment when contacted by V3.
The update on the case came after Oracle announced that it had ‘amicably’ ended a legal spat with a former partner, CedarCrestone, over similar allegations of code theft.
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