In Amazon.com and Bezos victory, judge orders Pentagon to temporarily stop JEDI contract / Boing Boing

A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered the Pentagon to temporarily halt work on the cloud computing ‘JEDI’ contract, in what represents a major win for Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos.

In granting Amazon.com’s request for a preliminary injunction, the court has effectively paused the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft’s up-to-$10 billion cloud computing deal.

Amazon.com claimed they were unfairly discriminated against in the federal contract granting process by the administration of Donald Trump.

Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith made public her order but did release a sealed opinion accompanying the decision. She also ordered Amazon to post $42 million in the event that the injunction was issued wrongfully.

Earlier this week, Amazon’s Amazon Web Services unit said it was seeking to depose President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper in its lawsuit over whether the president was trying “to screw Amazon” over the contract.

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