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Oracle’s Free-Speech Appeal Delays HP Itanium Server Trial

A trial in Hewlett-Packard Co.’s dispute with Oracle Corp. over software support for servers running Intel Corp.’s Itanium microprocessors will be delayed while Oracle appeals a ruling on a motion in the case.

The second phase of a trial was set to begin this week to determine whether Oracle breached the contract at issue, and if so, what amount Hewlett-Packard should be awarded in damages. That proceeding was put on hold after Oracle today challenged a decision by a state judge in San Jose, California, that it was late in filing a claim that Hewlett-Packard was violating its free-speech rights.