Willamette Law Professor David Friedman quoted in Portland Tribune

by Patrick Riedling,

  • Professor of Law David A. Friedman
    Willamette University College of Law Professor David A. Friedman in the classroom.

Commercial law expert and Willamette University Associate Professor of Law David A. Friedman was quoted in a Portland Tribune article that discussed the issue between software giant Oracle and the State of Oregon over who is to blame for the failure of the $300 million Cover Oregon website.

The Portland Tribune reports that legal analysis of the ongoing dispute between the two may be shifting the argument in Oregon’s favor due to newly revealed documents.

Professor Friedman was quoted as saying that a simple question will be in play in trial. “It’s going to be ‘Oracle, what did you promise, and what did you deliver?’”

According to the article, an email from an Oracle executive to a colleague was discovered to contain advice that Oregon should abandon Oracle’s Webcenter product two years into the project. A company spokesman argued “that whatever the documents say about the state of the project in late 2013, they don’t show intentional fraud or false claims—the major allegations of the state’s case.”

Read the full article on portlandtribune.com.

About David A. Friedman

David A. Friedman is an associate professor of law at Willamette University College of Law, where he teaches commercial law, business law, torts, and consumer trade practices law and his scholarship focuses on behavioral economics, contract theory, advertising law, and public health. Friedman received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. His publications have appeared in leading law journals and large-circulation public media.

About Willamette University College of Law

Opened in 1883, Willamette University College of Law is the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The college has a long tradition at the forefront of legal education and is committed to the advancement of knowledge through excellent teaching, scholarship, mentoring and experience. Leading faculty, thriving externship and clinical law programs, ample practical skills courses, and a proactive career placement office prepare Willamette law students for today's legal job market. According to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association, Willamette ranks first in the Pacific Northwest for job placement for full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs for the class of 2014 and first in Oregon for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Located across the street from the state capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court in downtown Salem, the college specializes in law and government, law and business, and dispute resolution.


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