The State of Oregon is suing tech giant Oracle for $200 million over problems with its health insurance enrollment website. Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, filed the lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court. The website, which was called Cover Oregon, was never released to the public because of issues concerning the site, and was the source of significant criticism against Democratic governor John Kitzhaber, who is seeking re-election.
Meanwhile, Oracle filed its lawsuit back on August 8th for $23 million in disputed bills. Oracle says the staff workers from Oregon kept changing instructions, were not competent, and therefore, were responsible for the failure of the website.
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This lawsuit comes as CEO Larry Ellison celebrates his 70th birthday, and doesn’t seem inclined to retire, although if he would have to slow down, Ellison says feels confident that Oracle would be in good hands, “Oracle has a very deep bench in terms of talent.” Ellison’s sailing team won America’s Cup and he looks forward to defending the title.
On a personal note, Ellison was born in New York City to a Jewish mother and an Italian father. When he contracted an illness as a baby, he was entrusted to his aunt to raise, and was reunited with his biological mother only when he reached the age of 48.