- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by Oracle America against five staffers and advisers to former Gov. John Kitzhaber over the now-defunct Cover Oregon health insurance exchange has been dismissed as frivolous.

The lawsuit had accused two campaign staffers and three political advisers of orchestrating the abandonment of the exchange to assist Kitzhaber’s 2014 re-election effort. Oracle alleged that despite initial failures, the exchange could have fully launched in early 2014.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/Vxcxjn ) that in a brief email Friday, Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Henry Kantor said he’d decided to toss Oracle’s case. He agreed with the defendants’ motion that their advice to Kitzhaber was protected by free speech. He said a detailed written opinion would follow.

The defendants, including Patricia McCaig, Kevin Looper, Scott Nelson, Tim Raphael and Mark Wiener, hailed the ruling in a statement and called the lawsuit “misguided and baseless.”

Oracle said it would appeal.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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