For some reason after reading this entry I had the urge to yell, "Santorum for President!"
This is from South Carolina, You should be saying "Newt for President".
(imho God created Santorum to make Newt look acceptable.)
Or maybe not. Meanwhile, in the world of the corporate psychopath and narcissist, all these legal losses are definitely somebody else's fault. Who could have ever predicted what those mean old judges might do? The executives and lawyers feel terrible about what has happened. Further punishing them would be dreadful. Sacking them would be out of the question, they are highly skilled and important corporate officers. Indeed they might need to be given a luxury holiday at company expense plus a nice bonus, to make them feel better.
Or even worse, they could go to a competitor and start a new toy line that Matell would have to sue over.
Where does this leave Scala or Clojure and other languages that target the JVM? Are they "safe" to use?
They are safe to use until real money is involved. Unlike the [MP|RI]AA, Oracle isn't interested in suing anyone and everyone who they think are 'infringing'. They will only sue you if you are making a non-trivial amount of money or if your project causes embarrassment or inconvenience to Oracle in some way.