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HP Businesses Oracle The Courts

More Court Trouble For Oracle: Now HP Is Suing Them 116

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the larry-ellison-hops-off-the-itanic dept.
New submitter another random user writes "Oracle violated its contract with Hewlett-Packard (HP) after it decided that future versions of its database software would not support a line of HP servers, HP's lawyer has said in court." The issue at hand: Oracle agreed to support Itanium, and has since pulled support. "... Hewlett-Packard estimates it should be awarded more than $4 billion in damages, based on an extrapolation to 2020 that accounts for projected losses, said the person, who didn’t want to be identified because the court document containing the damages request is confidential." Oracle is using the Itanic defense: "In cross-examination today, Oracle attorney Dan Wall asked Livermore [HP board member] if she had heard Itanium called 'Itanic,' a reference to the 'Titanic' oceanliner sinking. 'I've heard lots of terms,' Livermore said. 'I understand the reference they are making and I don’t like it. It is not done by anyone I like or respect.'"
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More Court Trouble For Oracle: Now HP Is Suing Them

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  • Scotsmans (Score:5, Funny)

    by spire3661 (1038968) on Wednesday June 06, 2012 @01:37PM (#40234879) Journal
    " 'I understand the reference they are making and I don’t like it. It is not done by anyone I like or respect.'"

    'No true scotsman' argument

    We have been calling it Itanic since day one, if people she knows or like aren't using that term, then shes in an echo chamber
  • by dkleinsc (563838) on Wednesday June 06, 2012 @01:39PM (#40234921) Homepage

    If they really want a good defense, they need to try this:

    "Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense! Why would a Wookiee, an 8-foot-tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of 2-foot-tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I'm a lawyer defending a major technology company, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense! And so you have to remember, when you're in that jury room deliberatin' and conjugatin' the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit!"

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