Journalists to Sue Hewlett-Packard
In an April meeting with H.P.’s outside law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius of Philadelphia, the seven journalists requested an amount equal to several million dollars each, paid to them directly with their promise that most of the money, though not all, would be donated to charity. Hewlett-Packard’s offer was closer to $10,000 per reporter, roughly enough to cover the reporters’ legal bills, according to several people involved in the talks.So not only did HP spy on reporters - and on its own board members - but it's trying to get off cheaply? Well, not counting the $14.5 million it agreed to settle a lawsuit from the California attorney general.
How incredibly dense a move. Let's say that it spent the several million and got everyone off its back. Would that really have been that much more expensive than antagonizing journalists everywhere and keeping its name in the press in such a negative way? Once again we see American business deciding to be penny wise and pound foolish.