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Justice investigating From Page 6B biggest rival in business applications software. Those products automate automate a wide range of administrative tasks. But Oracle alleges that TomorrowNow relied on a "corrupt" strategy that included breaking into Oracle's computers to obtain confidential information. After reviewing internal internal SAP documents obtained during the discovery discovery phase of its lawsuit, lawsuit, Oracle became convinced convinced that its rival's top executives were warned about TomorrowNow's outlaw behavior before the acquisition and then embraced the conduct after buying the subsidiary. subsidiary. Oracle's allegations contradict some of the public statements of SAP's chief executive, Henning Kagermann, who said the company's hierarchy in Germany and the United States never had access to any "inappropriate" material obtained by TomorrowNow. TomorrowNow. In the documents filed Monday, Oracle alleged that SAP executives could enter TomorrowNow's TomorrowNow's system through an internal Web site and also routinely exchanged material with the subsidiary through e-mail e-mail e-mail In June 2005, SAP executives executives even considered conspiring with TomorrowNow's TomorrowNow's management to cover up the covert activity as part of a plan called "Project Blue," Oracle alleged Monday. The project was eventually eventually scrapped, according to Oracle's legal brief. "For years, SAP profited profited from (TomorrowNow's) (TomorrowNow's) illegal business business model, without breathing a word about it to Oracle, SAP AG's existing and prospective customers, or the investing investing public," Oracle's lawyer wrote in Monday's Monday's filing. SAP spokesman Saswa-to Saswa-to Saswa-to Das declined to address Oracle's latest allegations. "Ultimately, it is the court that will determine determine the facts and remedies remedies in this case and we prefer that this discussion discussion take place in the legal system," Das said. Signaling its disappointment disappointment with TomorrowNow's TomorrowNow's performance, SAP last week disclosed plans to close the subsidiary subsidiary in October. But . TomorrowNow could saddle SAP with legal headaches beyond the Oracle lawsuit, which is scheduled for a February 2010 trial Prompted by Oracle's allegations, the U.S Justice Justice Department also has been collecting documents documents from both companies companies to determine whether any laws were broken. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the inquiry Monday. SAP's acquisition of TomorrowNow and Oracle's Oracle's subsequent lawsuit reflects the ill will that has been building between the two rivals during the last three years as Oracle has spent more than $35 billion billion to gain more market share in the business applications software . market.

Clipped from The Californian29 Jul 2008, TuePage 13

The Californian (Salinas, California)29 Jul 2008, TuePage 13
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