Last Friday, Oracle was accused of allegedly fudging its cloud revenues. The company was accused of extortive and threatening sales tactics, publishing misleading SEC filings and making false statements on analyst earnings calls.
The software giant is no stranger to litigation; Oracle has battled the likes of HP, SAP and Google in court and is embroiled in ongoing cases with the latter to this day.
We take a look at some of Oracle's biggest legal run-ins with former employees, other vendors, and even strip club owners.
Oracle vs SAP - filed on 22 March 2007
Early signs of friction between SAP and Oracle started in 2005 when SAP acquired US third-party support firm TomorrowNow. This meant that SAP was now in the business of providing upgrade and support services for PeopleSoft licences - which has been part of Oracle since 2003 - for a lower rate than its US rival was.
Oracle did not take kindly to the German ERP vendor stepping on its toes, and filed a lawsuit in 2007 accusing SAP of downloading thousands of copyrighted applications and documents through TomorrowNow from Oracle's Customer Connection website.
The case ran for more than four years, and even included the spectacle of top Oracle executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz testifying at a US district court in California in 2010.
The jury finally reached a verdict on 23 November 2010, when Oracle was awarded $1.3bn (€1.15bn) in compensation for "hypothetical licence" damages. The case broke records in copyright law at the time for containing the highest amount of damages ever awarded.
However, the case still wasn't over; there was one final twist in the tale. SAP appealed the fine, arguing that Oracle failed to present evidence that downloading the copyrighted software led to a loss of business for the US vendor, and refused to pay more than $408.7m in damages.
After much deliberation and back-and-forth, SAP got off pretty lightly and ended up paying just $272m.
TomorrowNow, however, is no more. The company closed its doors in 2008 as a result of the Oracle case after most of its senior managers resigned in 2007.
Courtroom drama rating: The SAP case had the makings of a top edge-of-your-seat TV drama, including executives testifying in court and last-minute appeals - 9/10
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