Judge Wants Oracle Case Kept 'Open'

April 19, 2004

[From internetnews.com]

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Friday said the government's case against Oracle (Quote, Chart) will be open to the public, including the corporate secrets submitted by some of the biggest names in IT.

The U.S. Department of Justice and 10 states are seeking to block Oracle's $9.4 billion proposal to acquire PeopleSoft (Quote, Chart) by arguing that the merger between two major enterprise software providers would be anti-competitive and limit customer choice. Oracle is fighting to thwart the DoJ's stance. The trial is scheduled to begin on June 7.

District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said he was extremely concerned about any "restrictions that would impair the transparency of the case."

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