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Court limits scope, potential damages of Oracle lawsuit’s against SAP

A U.S. District Court judge has granted SAP several summary judgments in Oracle's lawsuit against it and TomorrowNow, limiting potential damages.

A California U.S. District Court has sided with SAP in the software maker’s push to limit the scope of potential damages in Oracle’s high-profile lawsuit against the company.

In previous court papers, SAP had admitted to Oracle’s claims that employees of TomorrowNow, a now long-defunct SAP subsidiary, were guilty of copyright infringement and had illegally downloaded Oracle software. And while SAP had indicated it would accept financial liability for any judgment, SAP had nonetheless balked over Oracle's claims it had suffered billions in damages as a result of the ordeal. SAP called such claims “vastly overstated.”

Tuesday’s ruling regarding the three-year-old lawsuit, SAP said, was welcome news.

“As we indicated in our August 5 statement, SAP is committed to compensating Oracle for the harm the limited operations of TomorrowNow actually caused.  That compensation must be reasonable and it must be tethered to reality and the law,” SAP said in a statement.  “We are pleased with today’s ruling by the court, which serves to narrow the scope of damages and help focus this case.  We look forward to continuing to work through the process to bring this case to an appropriate resolution.”

SAP has long contended that damages should be limited to the tens of millions of dollars.

In a previous statement, SAP had said that although it was willing to accept some responsibility for TomorrowNow, it was not involved in the subsidiary's operations and played no part in those employees’ illegal activities. SAP has said it never made any money off of the company. SAP shut down TomorrowNow two years ago.

U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton granted eight summary judgments for SAP and denied seven others.

A spokesperson for Oracle could not be reached for comment.

The court case is scheduled to begin on November 1, and is scheduled to last approximately six weeks.

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