While HP CEO Leo Apotheker is "hiding" from Oracle attorneys, HP attorneys have reached a $16 million settlement with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice over charges that HP contractors used dinners and other gifts to win contracts.
The allegations stem from how the contractors competed for money available through the government's E-Rate program, which funds Internet access in schools and libraries ... Through the gifts, the contractors received inside information and won contracts that were supposed to be awarded through a competitive bidding process.
The contracts involved were awarded more than five years ago and included $17 million in HP equipment, the story says. The HP employees involved are no longer with the company. An HP representative said:
HP fully cooperated with the authorities and the matter is now resolved.
The FCC will oversee a compliance agreement that will require regular audits of HP's E-Rate business, the story says.