It wasn't enough for the state to pee away over $300 million on a heath-insurance website, so they sued Oracle for a bunch of stuff related to the failed website, which has thus far cost Oregon taxpayers another $10 million, with no end in sight.
The already staggering tab eventually could run far more than that, since there are still six months before the trial in Marion County Circuit Court is scheduled to begin, and there could be appeals after that.
But while Oregon and Oracle publicly accuse each other of incompetence and misrepresentations, they quietly have resumed settlement talks in search of a peaceful resolution. Oregon is using a special settlement lawyer, who has billed the state nearly $250,000 in the past two years.
It's sort of begun to slowly dawn on state officials that maybe going after Oracle wasn't such a great idea; the state, after all, did not sign a contract with the software giant for deliverables - instead, they issued multiple contracts for purchasing company time and code, which Oracle delivered. Oracle repeatedly advised state officials to hire an outside system integrator to ensure that everything came together and the various state computer systems worked seamlessly with the developing health-insurance website, but the state ignored that advice.
Former gov. Retread ordered the state AG to sue the company in the aftermath of the ensuing meltdown, which anybody with half a brain could tell was a Very Expensive Idea, but they went ahead with it. Now, at $10 million and counting, it's begun to occur to them that maybe they should have done a few things differently.
When it comes to burning through taxpayer money to no good end, Oregon Democratics are unsurpassed.