Oracle wins round in PeopleSoft litigation

A US court has granted Oracle a postponement of a hearing date for its lawsuit against PeopleSoft.

A US court has granted Oracle a postponement of a hearing date for its lawsuit against PeopleSoft. 

The hearing, which had been due to take place on 25 July, to compel PeopleSoft to remove its so-called "poison pill" antitakeover measures, has been pushed back to sometime on or before 15 September. 

Oracle needed more time to handle an antitrust review of the proposed deal by the US Department of Justice, which is still under way. 

A spokeswoman for Oracle said that no date for the hearing has been set yet.

"Both parties are continuing to move forward with document discovery, including production of certain documents, and Oracle will continue to update the Delaware court on its progress with the Department of Justice review," she said. 

A PeopleSoft spokesman confirmed that the company had complied with Oracle's request to postpone the hearing, and that PeopleSoft is proceeding with its takeover of JD Edwards. 

"We're moving forward with the merger with JD Edwards and focusing on the business, and so this does not change anything."

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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