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Oracle Decides To Seek New Damages Trial Against SAP

Oracle this week rejected a proposed $272 million settlement in its long-running copyright infringement lawsuit against rival SAP, setting the stage for a new chapter in the companies' legal battle.

The case reaches back to 2005 when SAP acquired TomorrowNow, which provided support services for Oracle applications. TomorrowNow, which SAP shut down in 2008, downloaded copyrighted software and documents from Oracle support Web sites. Oracle sued in 2007. SAP has admitted liability in the case but has argued that the billions in damages Oracle has sought are excessive.

"We are disappointed that Oracle has passed up yet another opportunity to resolve this case," SAP said in a statement. "We will continue to work to bring this case to a fair and reasonable end."

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