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OAKLAND, Calif. (


) --



fiery CEO Larry Ellison will testify in his company's

ongoing legal battle




on Monday, according to the database giant. Can we expect courtroom fireworks?

An Oracle spokeswoman has confirmed that the outspoken Ellison will be providing evidence at the U.S. District Court in Oakland, along with Oracle CFO Safra Catz and the company's damages expert Paul Meyer.

Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO

Although Oracle is seeking substantial damages from SAP for software theft, Silicon Valley will be watching Monday' s proceedings to see whether Ellison launches yet another attack on new



CEO Leo Apotheker. The former head of SAP, Apotheker has become a prime target for Ellison, who has repeatedly accused him of overseeing the software theft during his time at the German firm.

Ellison has also attacked HP, speculating that the computer maker will keep Apotheker away from its Palo Alto headquarters, and outside the court's jurisdiction, to avoid a subpoena. HP, in turn, has accused Oracle of harassment.

Experts, however, have warned that

Oracle's attacks on HP could ultimately backfire

by damaging the longstanding relationship between the companies.

Oracle is seeking more than $2.3 billion in damages from SAP, although the German software maker has said that a settlement in the tens of millions of dollars, at most, would be fair.

The database maker's stock was down 20 cents, or 0.68%, to $29.05 in pre-market trading on Monday. SAP shares were down 70 cents, or 1.34%, to $51.72 before market open, while HP shares rose 17 cents, or 0.39%, to $43.89.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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