Arik Hesseldahl

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Mark Hurd Really Wants to Keep the Jodie Fisher Letter Private

Lawyers for former Hewlett-Packard CEO and now Oracle Co-President Mark Hurd today asked a judge in Delaware to allow him to intervene in a shareholder lawsuit against HP.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking records related to Hurd’s departure from HP in August, including a letter that accused him of sexually harassing Jodie Fisher, a sometimes-actress who worked as a contractor for HP. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is also looking into the possibility that Hurd told Fisher about HP’s then-confidential plans to acquire IT services firm EDS.

Hurd has been trying to keep the letter from being made public, and argued to the judge that since it is his personal property, he should be allowed to join the lawsuit as a party to that end. In the motion, Hurd’s lawyers argue that the letter was sent to “achieve private resolution of a potential dispute” between Hurd and Fisher.


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