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HP also alleged that Jones had an "undisclosed close personal relationship" with a subordinate in the company's Sydney, Australia office, that he travelled frequently to Australia to visit the subordinate, and that he submitted over $13,000 in "inaccurate expense reports characterizing his personal trips as business expenses."
In an alleged conflict of interest, HP said in the complaint that Jones orchestrated a 97 percent salary raise and a promotion for the subordinate without disclosing his close personal relationship with her, giving as a reason that the subordinate was a top sales rep and had received a job offer from a competitor.
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. HP is also demanding Jones returns that information and the USB portable hard drive to HP.
HP is also asking for unspecified compensation and punitive damages, legal fees and interest.
The case, filed with the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, is number 1-11-CV-198103, titled Hewlett-Packard Company Vs A. Jones.
Jack McCarthy and Kevin McLaughlin contributed to this story.