Verdicts & Settlements
Another David Boies Win: Jury Finds SAP Liable for $1.3B in Software Piracy Case
Posted Nov 24, 2010 6:16 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A federal jury has found SAP AG is liable for $1.3 billion for stealing Oracle Corp. software in one of the largest copyright infringement verdicts ever.
The California jurors reached a verdict after only a day of deliberations, according to the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal. The verdict is a big win for “the ubiquitous” David Boies, who represented Oracle, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. He had sought damages of between $288 million and $3 billion.
SAP had admitted liability after its subsidiary was accused of breaking into Oracle’s password protected websites and downloading its rival's software and documents. But SAP had claimed it owed no more than $40 million in damages, the amount it made from 358 customers acquired because of the stolen data, according to the AP story. Oracle said the downloading had infringed 120 copyrights.