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Legal News
10 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday charged Hewlett-Packard (HP) [corporate website] with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) [text, PDF] by making improper payments [press release] to various government officials in order to obtain or keep contracts within certain countries. The US Department … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A former vice president for Hewlett Packard (HP) [corporate website] pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Friday to one count of theft of trade secrets [18 USC s. 1832 text] for giving HP protected information he obtained while working for IBM [corporate website]. Atul Malhotra said in his plea that before leaving … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Mercury Interactive on Monday settled [press release] derivative lawsuits filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California regarding allegations of stock options backdating. The software company, acquired [CNET report] by Hewlett Packard (HP) [corporate website] in November 2006, will pay $117.5 million as part of … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] adopted new privacy rules [FCC press release, PDF; order, PDF] for telephone and wireless companies on Tuesday aimed at strengthening safeguards against pretexting [JURIST news archive], the disclosure of personal telephone records to unauthorized individuals. The new rules include carrier authentication requirements, … [read more]

Legal News
14 Mar 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A California state judge on Wednesday dropped the felony charges [felony complaint, PDF; JURIST report] against four defendants in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) pretexting scandal [JURIST news archive] after the defendants pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of fraudulent wire communications and agreed to complete 96 hours of community service … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2007
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] President Bush Friday signed into law [press release] new federal legislation seeking to protect traditional, wireless, and internet phone calling consumers by preventing phone companies from selling their private phone records without customer authorization and criminalizing attempts to obtain those fraudulently. The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Bryan Wagner, the private investigator involved in the Hewlett-Packard corporate spying scandal [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges [criminal information, PDF] of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Wagner was accused of using used the social security number of a targeted reporter to obtain the reporter's telephone … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Jan 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that recent revelations about stock option backdating at Apple Computer suggest that it may be time for corporate board members even in the most highly-respected companies to make some needed New Year's resolutions to protect their enterprises, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Dec 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed a bill [HR 4709 text] by voice vote Friday that would make obtaining phone records through fraud or lying a criminal act. People found guilty of so-called "pretexting" would face fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years. Punishment may be doubled if … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2006
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] Hewlett-Packard [corporate website] reached a $14.5 million settlement [settlement, PDF] agreement with California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official website] on Thursday in an unfair business practices suit [civil complaint, PDF] stemming from HP's allegedly fraudulent attempts to obtain certain phone records, a practice known as "pretexting." Lockyer "commend[ed] the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Former Hewlett-Packard [corporate website] chairwoman Patricia Dunn [Forbes profile] pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four felony charges [felony complaint, PDF; JURIST report] stemming from her role in the corporate spying scandal [JURIST news archive]. Dunn is one of five people charged in the case involving company investigators using "pretexting" … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that the 24-year prison sentence handed down for former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling leaves us all disappointed, not necessarily in the sentence, but in the corporate conduct that led to Enron's collapse and the huge losses that … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Oct 2006

Nell Minow [Editor and Co-founder, The Corporate Library]: "The board of Hewlett-Packard, a serial offender with a record of colossal poor judgment in the selection, overpayment, and departure package of CEO Carly Fiorina and in its massive mishandling of the fight over the Compaq merger, leapt from the frying pan … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Oct 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Branson of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the frenzy over the Hewlett-Packard pretexting scandal overlooks not only much that is positive about the company's record, but also the dubious legal advice that the now-indicted corporate leaders received from their outside counsel... Three … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission announced [press release] Thursday that it has reached an agreement for the settlement of pretexting charges [complaint text, PDF; news release] against Virginia-based Integrity Security & Investigation Services [corporate website]. Current federal law allows the government to only collect $2,700 in damages, the entire sum … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2006
by Robert DeVries

[JURIST] Former Hewlett-Packard [corporate website; JURIST news archive] chairman Patricia Dunn and four others were charged [CA AG press release] in California Wednesday with criminal offenses [felony complaint, PDF; supporting declaration and arrest warrants, PDF] related to a corporate spy scandal that has shaken Silicon Valley. Along with Dunn, former … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2006
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Lawyers from several of the top US wireless telephone providers testified [recorded video] Friday at a hearing [agenda] before the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee [official website] that they would support legislation to ban pretexting [FTC backgrounder], the practice whereby an individual … [read more]

Legal News
28 Sep 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Members of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee [committee website] lambasted [chairman's statement] executives of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Thursday for their role in a corporate espionage scandal and demanded to know why company executives and attorneys did not put a stop to the … [read more]

Legal News
28 Sep 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Hewlett-Packard [corporate website] announced [HP press release] the immediate resignation of its general counsel Thursday prior to a hearing [JURIST report] held by a US House Energy and Commerce Committee [official website] panel to question key company officials on their knowledge of a telephone spying scandal. Ann Baskins [profile] … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Already braced for a Congressional hearing Monday on its admitted use of 'pretexting' [SEC filing], technology giant Hewlett Packard Co. [corporate website] announced Friday that Board Chairman Patricia Dunn will resign immediately [HP press release], rather than in January as previously scheduled [HP press release], and that CEO Mark … [read more]

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