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Conn., Ohio join Oracle suit

After Michigan joined the antitrust suit days earlier, Ohio and Connecticut bring the total to 10 states working with the Justice Dept. to block Oracle's hostile takeover of PeopleSoft.

The attorneys general of Connecticut and Ohio have joined the Justice Department's suit to block Oracle's hostile buyout of PeopleSoft, the state of Ohio said on Friday. The two states have filed a motion to join the suit with the federal court in San Francisco that's hearing the case. The state of Michigan announced its intention to team up with the Justice Department earlier in the week. The three states join seven others that were initially part of the suit filed by federal antitrust regulators in February.

The merger would harm taxpayers by leading to higher prices in the government software market, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro said in a statement. The trial is scheduled to begin June 7.