Court Documents: HP Vs. Adrian Jones


Court documents obtained by CRN on Hewlett-Packard's lawsuit against former channel chief Adrian Jones allege that he downloaded and removed sensitive data and had an improper relationship with a subordinate.

 Download the filing here (.pdf).

In that HP lawsuit, a .PDF copy of which is embedded above, the company alleges that Jones in February copied hundreds of files and thousands of emails onto a portable USB hard drive before he resigned.

Those files contained proprietary information, including customer lists from the Asian market, customer satisfaction ratings, customer initiatives and product plans and details of sales and marketing initiatives, HP alleges in its lawsuit.

Jones, who until February was senior vice president of the enterprise servers, storage and network (ESSN) business unit for HP Asia Pacific, also allegedly arranged a substantial promotion and a 97-percent raise for a subordinate in HP's Australia operations with whom he had a "close personal relationship," HP alleged.

Jones currently works at Oracle as its senior vice president of Asia Pacific/Japan.

The suit was filed Wednesday in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

HP, in its complaint, is asking the court to prevent Jones and up to 25 "Does" [unnamed persons] from obtaining, accessing, copying, or disseminating copies of the proprietary trade information Jones is alleged to have taken from HP, and that Jones return that information and the portable USB hard drive to HP.

HP is also seeking unspecified compensation and punitive damages, legal fees, and interest.