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HP Sues Mark Hurd

It has taken its civil case to California’s Superior Court alleging misappropriation of trade secrets

HP Tuesday sued its ousted CEO Mark Hurd to block him from going to work for Oracle as co-president, a job just announced Monday night.

HP has taken its civil case to California's Superior Court in Santa Clara alleging misappropriation of trade secrets. It claims Hurd can't possibly do his new job at Oracle without putting HP in peril and complains that it paid him tens of millions of dollars in severance to sit on the sidelines and keep its secrets for two years.

It is suing him under a confidentiality agreement, not a non-compete agreement. Non-competes generally don't get very far in the California courts.

Oracle of course must have anticipated that HP would sue and just decided to brazen it out.

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