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US Supreme Court throws out Oracle’s JEDI contract challenge

The US Supreme Court has dismissed Oracle’s challenge to how the Pentagon awarded its now-cancelled $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud (JEDI) cloud contract.

A lower court ruling found that the enterprise software company could not have been harmed by any Pentagon errors in awarding the contract as Oracle did not qualify for it in the first place.

Oracle attempted to appeal this ruling, but this has been rebuffed.

The US Defence Department awarded the cloud procurement contract to Microsoft back in 2019, although Amazon swiftly challenged and successfully halted the instigation of the contract.

Oracle sued before this, in 2018, in response to the procurement process’ structure and perceived conflicts of interest between Pentagon employees and Amazon.

Despite now being canceled, Oracle still wants the Supreme Court to hear its appeal against the JEDI contract to prevent the same situation from reoccurring in the next screening process.

The Washington-based US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears appeals involving government contracts, ruled against Oracle last year as well, saying that the company would not have had a substantial chance of securing the contract.

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