US states discuss Oracle's PeopleSoft bid

Following the filing of an antitrust lawsuit by the US state of Connecticut last week aimed at blocking Oracle's attempted...

Following the filing of an antitrust lawsuit by the US state of Connecticut last week aimed at blocking Oracle's attempted hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, representatives of several state attorneys general met yesterday for a conference call to discuss the situation.

Representatives of the state officials played down the significance of the call, emphasising its exploratory nature.

"[Tuesday's] conference call is a first-round, routine call to discuss the concerns of the states. This is a standard, fact-finding process," said Mike Viesca, spokesman for Texas attorney general Greg Abbott.

Like Connecticut, Texas is a PeopleSoft customer.

Colorado attorney general Ken Salazar's office also participated in the call. Colorado is the home state of JD Edwards, whose planned merger with PeopleSoft has been threatened by Oracle's actions.

Colorado has not made any decisions about whether it will become involved in legal action surrounding Oracle's bid, said Ken Lane, a spokesman for Salazar's office.

"We're just as curious as anyone else is at this point," he added.

Oracle chief executive officer Larry Ellison reiterated Oracle's intent to support PeopleSoft products for those customers who want to stick with them, at AppsWorld in London.

No future meeting date was set for the next round of discussions among the state attorneys general.

Stacy Cowley writes for IDG News Service

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