Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Nobody wins the perception battle in cases like this. Hewlett-Packard looks churlish for trying to deny an ex-executive employment. Oracle looks foolish for hiring the executive in the first place when it was aware of the confidentiality agreements. HP may have felt that it had to sue Mark Hurd before he entered his new job because he knows too much. Hurd, on the other hand, should have consulted with counsel before saying yes to Oracle. No matter what happens, it looks like a cat fight that doesn't help anyone's image.