Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 2:09 pm | Updated: 2:32 pm, Fri Aug 22, 2014.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says she's filed a lawsuit against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in the state's troubled health insurance exchange.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County Circuit Court seeks more than $200 million in damages. It alleges that Oracle officials made false statements and submitted false claims.

Oracle was the largest technology contractor working on Oregon's health insurance enrollment website, known as Cover Oregon. The website was never made available to the general public and became a political problem to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is running for re-election.

Oracle filed its own lawsuit Aug. 8 for breach of contract over $23 million in disputed bills. The company blames Oregon for the website's failure, saying the state had incompetent and indecisive staff.

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