Case Study: HP V. Hurd

Law360, New York (September 28, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT) -- While the Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Hurd trade secrets and contract case has now been settled, the question remains as to why the company, in the face of previous reluctance by California courts to embrace the inevitable disclosure doctrine, would file such an expensive and public suit against its former CEO.

Judging from the complaint filed by HP, the suit against Mark Hurd had the explicit purpose of seeking an injunction barring his new employment at Oracle Corp. Nonetheless, no evidence of actual disclosure of trade secrets...
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