Law Professor Friedman quoted in Portland Tribune article discussing Oregon’s legal tab

by Raymond Penney,

  • Professor David Friedman
    Professor of Law David Friedman at Willamette University College of Law.

Commercial law expert and Willamette University Associate Professor of Law David A. Friedman was quoted in today’s Portland Tribune article discussing Oregon’s legal tab to outside law firms in the Oregon v. Oracle case. Oregon’s battle with Oracle over who is to blame for the Cover Oregon website debacle recently surpassed $10 million.

Portland Tribune reports that the tab eventually could run far more, since there are still six months before the trial is scheduled to begin with the possibility of appeals. While Oregon and Oracle publicly accuse each other of incompetence and misrepresentations, they quietly have resumed settlement talks in search of a peaceful resolution according to the article.

“There may be a breakpoint right now where the state realizes it’s going to get a lot more expensive,” explains Professor Friedman on the prospect of a settlement.

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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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