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Delaware court rules Hurd can’t keep letter secret

- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd will have to make public a letter detailing sexual-harassment allegations that led to his ouster.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Hurd's lawyers didn't show that disclosing the letter would invade California privacy rights. The ruling says information that is only mildly embarrassing is not protected from public disclosure. The court says the letter doesn't contain trade secrets or non-public financial information that would qualify.

The letter was sent on behalf of Jodie Fisher, who was hired to help with HP networking events and later accused Hurd of sexual harassment. Although an investigation did not find any sexual harassment, it uncovered inaccurate expense reports that ultimately pressured Hurd to resign.

Representatives for Hurd and Hewlett-Packard Co. didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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