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SAP pushes for settlement talks with Oracle

The suit charged SAP and TomorrowNow of posing as Oracle customers and illegally downloading customer support materials

SAP AG has asked a U.S. court to order settlement talks in its legal battle with Oracle Corp., arguing that Oracle exaggerated its claims against the German software maker. Oracle said it opposed such talks and accused SAP of trying to “make this case go away.”

In court papers Tuesday, SAP picked several holes in Oracle’s lawsuit, which was filed in March against SAP and its TomorrowNow Inc. subsidiary. The suit charged SAP and TomorrowNow of posing as Oracle customers and illegally downloading customer support materials from an Oracle Web site.

Oracle’s version of what happened is “dramatic but inaccurate,” SAP argued in a joint filing submitted in advance of a case management conference scheduled for Sept. 4. It said Oracle ignored several factors in its complaint, including the fact that TomorrowNow was entitled to access the Oracle Web site because it was doing work for Oracle customers, and that none of the material was downloaded by SAP itself.