No Settlement in Oracle-SAP Lawsuit

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Oracle's rancorous lawsuit against rival SAP will continue for the foreseeable future, as a settlement conference on Monday did not produce an agreement, SAP spokesman Andy Kendzie said Tuesday.

SAP expects the court to schedule the next settlement conference for sometime in December, Kendzie said. The case is set to go to trial in February 2010.

A judge had told Oracle and SAP to submit proposals that include specific dollar amounts for a settlement prior to Monday's conference.

Oracle has not publicly provided a specific demand for damages, but has said the figure could top US$1 billion. Kendzie said he could not provide details of either company's settlement offer.

An Oracle spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Oracle sued SAP in March 2007, charging that SAP's now-shuttered subsidiary TomorrowNow, which provided third-party support for Oracle's PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Siebel applications, illegally downloaded material from Oracle's support systems and used it to woo Oracle customers.

SAP has said that TomorrowNow workers were authorized to download materials from Oracle's site on behalf of TomorrowNow customers, but also that some "inappropriate downloads" had occurred. SAP has also said that Oracle's software remained in TomorrowNow's systems and has rejected Oracle's allegations of a wider pattern of wrongdoing.

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