HP Sues Hurd

9/7/10

In documents filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard says former HP (NYSE: HPQ) CEO Mark Hurd’s decision to take a job with rival Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) places HP’s trade secrets “in peril” and asks the court to enjoin Hurd from working there. Non-compete agreements are often considered unenforceable in California, but HP says Hurd agreed in writing not to reveal the company’s trade secrets and not to work for any HP competitor for at least one year after leaving the company. HP has posted the complaint on Scribd.

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