Tonight’s statement from Oracle corporate PR vis-a-vis the SAP lawsuit:
“Hewlett Packard has refused to accept service of a subpoena requiring Mr. Apotheker to testify about his role in SAP’s illegal conduct. Mr. Apotheker started work for HP on Monday, but it now appears that the HP Board of Directors has decided to keep him away from HP’s headquarters and outside the court’s jurisdiction. We will continue to try to serve him.”
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Oracle served Apotheker because he was CEO of SAP for part of the time during which SAP downloaded proprietary Oracle information.
One of last week’s emails (attributable to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison) warned that something like this just might happen.
“I don’t think [HP chairman] Ray Lane wants to risk Leo Apotheker testifying under oath as to why he allowed the theft of Oracle’s property to continue for 8 months after he was made sole CEO of SAP. I hope I’m wrong, but my guess is that new HP’s Chairman, Mr. Lane, will keep HP’s new CEO, Mr. Apotheker, far, far away from the Courthouse until this trial is over.”
Far, far away, indeed.
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