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Oracle, SAP settle long-time battle over 3rd-party support firm TomorrowNow

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November 14, 2014

It's taken a long time but Oracle and SAP have finally settled their strong disagreement over 3rd-party support firm TomorrowNow.

Details are still a bit sketchy, but the case was fought over whether or not SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow was within its rights to download Oracle software to its own servers, by using Oracle customers' licence keys.

Back in 2008, TomorrowNow did confess that it did, when courts felt that $1.3 billion was a fair settlement.

SAP, which by 2008 had wound up TomorrowNow, admitted it had not done the right thing by doing so, but added that it felt the jury erred a bit in choosing that amount.

Legal arguments since have centred on how much money should change hands. The two parties have now settled on the sum of $357 million, according to court documents lodged yesterday.

Oracle's general counsel Dorian Daley has issued a statement saying “We are thrilled about this landmark recovery and extremely gratified that our efforts to protect innovation and our shareholder's interests are duly rewarded.”

SAP's pleased the courts agreed the original $1.3 billion award was excessive. The conclusion of this case doesn't mean Oracle's battles with third-party support firms are over, however.

Oracle is still duking it out with Rimini Street over similar issues to those tested in the TomorrowNow case. We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.

Source: Alcatel-Lucent.

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