Now HP's Suing Mark Hurd

Susan Hall

It just gets juicier. Just after Oracle hired HP's ousted CEO Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard is suing Hurd, claiming that puts HP trade secrets and confidentiality agreements in jeopardy, reports ZDNet.


That story notes that noncompete clauses generally do not hold up in California, but Felix Salmon, writing for Reuters, says there wasn't one in the 51-page filing. Salmon writes:

There's nothing approaching a noncompete in Hurd's separation agreement, and HP's demands that HP be allowed to control all future actions of its ex-employee in perpetuity are simply laughable.

IT Business Edge's Loraine Lawson points out that Hurd's job at Oracle will be to go after the market that Rob Enderle and Arthur Cole have been writing about.


Salmon also says:

[HP} definitely needs ... a grown-up who can tell these people to put away their silly squabbles and concentrate on actually running their business. This lawsuit might be a distraction for Hurd, but it's going to be much more of a distraction in HP's executive suite. Basta. Please.

But as fellow blogger Lora Bentley put it to me, "Is anyone even remotely shocked?"

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