Oracle sues Gov. Kate Brown

Corporation alleges governor is breaking public records laws by withholding the release of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails.

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In a recently filed suit, Oracle alleges Gov. Kate Brown is breaking public records laws by withholding the release of some of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails.

The suit was filed in Marion County on Tuesday.

Oracle says Brown allowed Kitzhaber to decide which emails are subject to public disclosure and passed on those emails to Oracle.

The controversy stems from a legal battle between Oracle and the state over the troubled Cover Oregon health insurance exchange. Oracle is seeking Kitzhaber’s private emails that were stored on state servers; the company says they’re relevant to pending litigation.


Oracle slammed the new governor for what it perceives as her covering up for her predecessor.

“Despite numerous commitments to greater transparency and public disclosure in government dealings, Kate Brown has not lived up to her promises,” said Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger.

Oracle contends that Brown has relied on Kitzhaber “to pass along what he determines to be public records from his personal archive.” Kitzhaber has threatened to sue the governor if she produces the emails Oracle is requesting.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

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