While Oracle Corp. prepares to face off with the U.S. Department of Justice in June in a California court battle over its proposed acquisition of PeopleSoft Inc., its legal team will also need to plan for a November confrontation with PeopleSoft in another California courtroom.
Judge Ronald Sabraw set last week a Nov. 1 date for the start of a jury trial on PeopleSoft's lawsuit charging Oracle with libel and unfair competition. Sabraw previously rejected Oracle's attempt to have the case dismissed. PeopleSoft claims that Oracle's hostile, US$9.4 billion offer is intended primarily to disrupt its business.
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