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HP Settles Civil Charges In Spying Scandal

Law360 (December 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In an unusual deal that will finance a new law enforcement fund to fight violations of privacy and intellectual property rights, Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay $14.5 million to settle civil charges filed by California’s attorney general over board-room spying.

The deal resolves charges that the company used false pretenses—or “pretexting”—to unlawfully access phone records during its probe of boardroom leaks to the media, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement.

Although the deal resolves civil charges filed by California’s attorney general, the company is...
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