But later that day, Heil met with BP officials at an office in Texas where he said that "SAP would provide a complete solution, including complex services, without the input and knowledge of Wellogix, even though Heil knew that SAP needed Wellogix for complex services."
Heil told the BP officials "that he had seen what Wellogix had to offer and that SAP's SRM software would contain all of the required functionality that would have otherwise been provided by Wellogix," it adds.
SAP later told customers, among them BP, that it had developed "a plan to divert the entire complex services business away from its partner, Wellogix by replicating the Wellogix technology in its own software products," the suit claims.
After Heil's meeting with BP, SAP told its engineers to duplicate Wellogix's software, according to the suit. Wellogix continued its partnership activities with SAP unaware that the vendor intended to cut out Wellogix from any software projects gained through their joint efforts, it states.
Wellogix is asking for unspecified amounts of actual and exemplary damages, according to the suit.
SAP spokesman Andy Kendzie declined to comment on the specifics of Wellogix's allegations. "We are aware of the filing and our attorneys are reviewing it," he said.
Wellogix also sued Accenture in 2008, and won a $94 million jury award against the company earlier this year. Last month, a judge lowered the award by $50 million and told Wellogix it could either accept the new amount or hold a new trial.
SAP was also named in the 2008 action, but the court dismissed it from the case on grounds of improper venue. In addition, SAP has filed a number of lawsuits against Wellogix, seeking declaratory judgments that it is not in violation of patents Wellogix holds.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com