Oracle to HP: core of lawsuit ‘complete fiction’

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ? Oracle says a former Hewlett-Packard executive has been falsely accused of stealing trade secrets in one of several ongoing legal skirmishes between the two technology heavyweights.

Oracle Corp. demanded in a letter sent to Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday that it drop its lawsuit against Adrian Jones, a former HP senior vice president in Asia before going to work for rival Oracle.

HP says Jones resigned in February before he could be fired for his conduct in a “close personal relationship” with a subordinate. HP accused him of downloading trade secrets before he quit.

An Oracle spokeswoman calls the central allegation of the case “complete fiction.” HP said Jones gave a false statement and did have confidential HP information.