THE FOUNDER of Oracle, Larry Ellison has threatened to drag the incoming HP CEO Leo Apotheker into court and prove that he has been a naughty boy.
In a statement from Oracle its CEO Ellison claims he can prove that while Apotheker was at the helm of SAP he allowed his staff to nick lots of Oracle software. No doubt Apotheker would deny such allegations.
SAP has admitted in court documents that it stole Oracle's software, but a jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday to determine how much SAP should pay Oracle.
Oracle wants $2 billion in damages and SAP is saying that tens of millions of dollars would be a bit more realistic.
HP has risen to the defence of its new CEO claiming that Oracle had no proof Apotheker knew about the software scheme, which was carried out by a company that SAP had just bought.
Ellison said in a statement that Oracle intends to subpoena Apotheker, however it can't because he lives outside the jurisdiction of the San Francisco area court that will try the case.
Of course if he shows up anywhere near HP's head office Ellison will serve him but at the moment he can't. Apotheker is due to start work on Monday at HP, which is headquartered in nearby Silicon Valley.
HP said that given Apotheker's limited knowledge of and role in the matter, Oracle's last-minute effort to require him to appear at the trial is no more than an effort to harass him and interfere with his duties and responsibilities as HP's CEO. µ