Oracle ordered to pay $3bn damages to HP

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Electronics firm, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been awarded $3bn (£2.26bn) in damages in a legal dispute with software giant Oracle.

The row came about because Oracle reneged on a contractual agreement to continue making software that ran on high-end Itanium chips.

The court battle over the contract was settled in 2012 but the damages HPE was due have only now been set.

Oracle said it would appeal against the court’s decision.

The damages decision comes a month after Oracle lost a court case against Google that centred on the Java programming language.

Oracle sought $9bn (£6.8bn) damages in that case.

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