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CNET reporters sue Hewlett-Packard in spying case

August 16, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Three CNET Networks reporters filed a lawsuit against computer maker Hewlett-Packard in relation to the incident last year in which the company spied on them to determine a leak from its board, a Reuters story stated.

CNET NetworksThe Reuters story reported, “The suit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, also contends that Hewlett-Packard broke state business-practices rules, CNET, an online technology newsletter, said on its Web site. The suit, filed by the reporters Dawn Kawamoto, Stephen Shankland and Tom Krazit, seeks unspecified damages.

“A Hewlett-Packard spokesman, Ryan Donovan, told CNET that the company was ‘disappointed by their decision and will defend itself.’ He said the company had apologized to the reporters and made ‘a substantial settlement offer’ to the reporters, their relatives and charities of their choice.

“The suit stems from a scandal that rocked the company last year after disclosures that its board had hired private investigators to determine which director had leaked information about sensitive boardroom discussions to news outlets, including CNET and The Wall Street Journal.”

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