PeopleSoft expands Oracle lawsuit

Continuing its efforts to block Oracle Corp.’s hostile takeover bid, PeopleSoft Inc. has added more allegations to its lawsuit against the database software maker, PeopleSoft announced Tuesday.

PeopleSoft has amended its complaint against Oracle to include what it claimed are “extensive new facts” about Oracle’s alleged efforts to disrupt PeopleSoft’s customer relationships and a campaign to mislead PeopleSoft customers about Oracle’s plans to support the company’s products.

The amendments also add claims of interference with customers of J.D. Edwards & Co., the software vendor that PeopleSoft finished acquiring last month, PeopleSoft said in a statement.

PeopleSoft said parts of its complaint were filed under seal, meaning they are not available to the public, and it provided no additional details in its statement about the new allegations.

In a brief statement, Oracle said that no amendment to the complaint would derail its bid.

“We were aware they were going to file an amended complaint, so we are not surprised and it does not change our commitment to acquire Peoplesoft,” Jim Finn, an Oracle spokesman, said.

Pleasanton, Calif.-based PeopleSoft sued Oracle Corp. in California Superior Court in Alameda County, California, after Oracle launched a hostile acquisition bid for it in June. PeopleSoft’s board of directors has rejected the bid.

Following the completion of the J.D. Edwards acquisition, PeopleSoft is consolidating that company’s claims into its own, voluntarily dismissing J.D. Edwards’ previously filed lawsuits in other courts, according to the statement Tuesday.

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