The Do’s And Don’ts Of Gathering Info

Law360, New York (June 11, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT) -- Hewlett-Packard’s 2006 investigation of a suspected leak of information out of its board of directors is the poster child for what can befall a company when an internal investigation goes off the rails. The consequences began with embarrassing front-page headlines about “spying,” and quickly turned into congressional hearings, class actions, criminal charges, the ouster of the chairman/CEO and general counsel, and even a new federal statute. Despite these very public reverberations, several other major corporations, including Wal-Mart and Deutsche Bank, have suffered blows to their reputations...
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