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The 10 Ugliest Legal Disputes Of 2011

IT vendors routinely trash-talk their competition -- that's part of the marketing game. But you find out what competing vendors really think about each other when the lawsuits start. Here's what we considered to be the nastiest legal disputes of the year.

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5. HP Charges Former Channel Chief With Stealing Company Documents

Amidst the fallout of the growing rancor between Oracle and Hewlett-Packard was this lawsuit against former HP executive and one-time channel chief Adrian Jones, claiming Jones stole proprietary information about HP products and customers before leaving to take a job with Oracle.

Jones left his post as senior vice president of Enterprise Storage, Servers and Networking for HP Asia Pacific in February and resurfaced a month later as senior vice president of Asia pacific/Japan at Oracle.

HP accused Jones of downloading and removing sensitive documents containing confidential and strategic data, according to court documents. All told, HP alleged that Jones took hundreds of files and thousands of e-mails via a USB device.

In July Jones' attorneys responded by calling the lawsuit "malicious" and based on a "knowingly false accusation."

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