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(Revised from original 2005 version)
Oracle vs. PeopleSoft (A)
Focuses on the hotly contested takeover battle between software rivals Oracle and PeopleSoft in 2003 and 2004. Raises novel issues of takeover law under Delaware corporate law as well as issues of fair competition under California law. A central issue is whether the PeopleSoft board's adoption of a "Customer Assurance Program" is a permissible move to protect customers or an impermissible takeover defense.
Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions;
Governing and Advisory Boards;
Information Technology Industry;
Paine, Lynn S., Guhan Subramanian, and David Millstone. "Oracle vs. PeopleSoft (A)." Harvard Business School Case 306-058, February 2006. (Revised from original November 2005 version.)