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Oracle takes heat for California contract

A lawmaker accuses Oracle and Logicon of "defrauding" California after his review of e-mail sent between the two companies that discussed how to handle a controversial contract.

The database giant is accused of "defrauding" California after an e-mail is introduced that discusses how to handle a controversial contract. Meanwhile, a new study from Gartner Dataquest has the company falling into second place in the market-share sweepstakes.

Lawmaker: Oracle deceived California
update A lawmaker accuses Oracle and Logicon of "defrauding" California after he reviewed e-mail sent between the two companies that discussed how to handle a controversial contract.
May 15, 2002 
Campaign funds returned in Oracle probe
California's attorney general gives back $50,000 in campaign contributions from Oracle as he leads an investigation into a controversial contract.
May 8, 2002 
Caught up in a California contract
update As the political fallout continues, Oracle takes issue with claims that it sold the state more software than it needed--and warns that canceling a $95 million contract could create problems for agencies already using the software.
May 7, 2002 
Database rankings rankle Oracle
update The software maker is challenging a research report that says it has lost ground to IBM in the database market.
May 8, 2002 
Study: IBM edges Oracle in database field
update Big Blue has surpassed Oracle as the leading seller of database-management software, according to a new study. Says an Oracle exec: "We don't see the erosion."
May 7, 2002 

previous coverage
Is Oracle learning to be humble?
The software maker may be heeding an important lesson in the business-software market: Make the customer happy.
April 11, 2002 
Market share a squishy topic
news analysis What's a tech company to do when earnings and sales are down sharply from a year ago and it wants to look good? Try talking some trash about your rivals' market share.
October 18, 2001 
Rivals encroach on Oracle's database lead
The software company is facing the biggest threat ever to its database dominance, as IBM, Microsoft and new competitors chisel away at its market share.
October 15, 2001