State spends $6.6M on legal fees for Cover Oregon

Cover Oregon failed in 2014

A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)
A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon has paid more than $6.6 million on legal fees in ongoing litigation over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance exchange portal.

The Statesman Journal reports that documents released to the newspaper by the Oregon Department of Justice show payments as high as $960,900 made between May 2014 and December 2015 to attorneys representing the state.

The state and Oracle Inc., the primary tech contractor on Cover Oregon, have been engaged in a lengthy, multi-case legal battle over who is responsible for the project’s failure since 2014.

Though the $6.6 million figure far exceeds the $2 million the state set aside for the lawsuits, DOJ spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson said Tuesday the agency does not expect to need to ask the Legislature for additional money for the cases.

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