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The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2016 (So Far)

CRN has scoured the news headlines and identified 10 companies that have been stirring things up so far this year.

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Oracle, one of the most litigious companies on the planet, has seen a string of defeats in its battles with other tech giants as of late.

In May, a court ruled against Oracle in its $9 billion lawsuit against Google over its use of the Java programming language in Android. In July, a court ordered Oracle to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise $3 billion for breach of contract in a six-year old case over software that runs on Intel Itanium processors.

Meanwhile, questions are swirling about Oracle's accounting for its cloud business. In June, a former Oracle accountant sued the company, alleging that her superiors pressured her to artificially inflate cloud sales numbers in financial reports, and then fired her when she refused.

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison said his company could potentially beat Salesforce to become the first SaaS vendor to reach $10 billion in annual sales, but some partners are wondering if the tactics it's using to boost these numbers are on the up-and-up.

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