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The state of Oregon and tech company Oracle are suing each other over the failure of the Cover Oregon website. Oracle filed suit against the state in federal court earlier this month, and Oregon followed up with its own suit in the Marion County Circuit Court last week.
Both suits are based on a “breach of contract” charge, but the state has piled on additional claims including fraud and violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Both use strong language to describe the alleged wrongs. Oracle says in its lawsuit against the state,
The government bureaucracies and Cover Oregon worked poorly together. They did not agree on work priorities, they competed with one another for resources and in decision-making, and they failed to provide authoritative direction to all of the contractors working on the project.
The state of Oregon says in its lawsuit (pdf) against Oracle,
In effect, Oracle used its purported superior expertise, coupled with lies and pressing deadlines, to trap the State and Cover Oregon in a deadly spiral: at each juncture Oracle charged more and Oregon got less.
We’ll parse the details of these lawsuits with Hannah Hoffman, state government reporter for The Statesman Journal.