A federal judge has overturned the US$1.3 billion judgment Oracle won against SAP in its corporate theft trial, according to a ruling made Thursday.

SAP had admitted liability for actions taken by a former subsidiary, TomorrowNow, which provided lower-cost support for Oracle applications, but decried the jury's award as far too large.

Judge Phyllis Hamilton also approved SAP's request that Oracle accept a lower award, which would negate the need for a new trial.

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