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U.S. charges filed against Deutsche Telekom

The Justice Department says German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom and Hungary’s Magyar Telekom have agreed to pay more than $95 million to end a long-running bribery investigation.

The department said Thursday that the two companies were charged under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with Magyar Telekom’s activities in Macedonia and Montenegro. Deutsche Telekom is majority owner of the Hungarian firm.

The agreements include $64 million in criminal penalties, a $31 million civil penalty imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department’s decision to forgo prosecution of the companies if they abide by U.S. law for the next two years.

The Justice Department filed criminal charges in Alexandria, Va. The SEC sued the companies in federal court in New York.

NEW YORK

Former HP chief ordered to make letter public

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

The Delaware Supreme Court, the state’s highest, ruled on Wednesday that Mr. Hurd’s attorneys didn’t show that disclosing the letter would invade California privacy rights. The ruling said information that is only “mildly embarrassing” is not protected from public disclosure. The letter, it added, does not contain trade secrets or non-public financial information that would qualify.

Although the letter goes into “embarrassing detail about Hurd’s behavior, it does not describe any intimate conversation or conduct,” the ruling said. Some sentences, concerning Mr. Hurd’s family, were ordered redacted, but no one appealed that part of a lower court’s decision, according to the ruling.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred sent the letter last year on behalf of Jodie Fisher, who was hired to help with HP networking events and later accused Mr. Hurd of sexual harassment. Although an investigation did not find any sexual harassment, it uncovered inaccurate expense reports that ultimately pressured Mr. Hurd to resign. Mr. Hurd now works as co-president at rival Oracle Corp.

Mr. Hurd’s attorney, Amy Wintersheimer, said his counsel had requested that the letter be kept confidential because “it is filled with inaccuracies.”

“The truth is, there never was any sexual harassment, which HP’s investigation confirmed, and there never was any sexual relationship, which Ms. Fisher has confirmed,” Ms. Wintersheimer said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports