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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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PICA v. Hewlett-Packard (Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, Defamation)

A jury found Hewlett-Packard liable for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and defamation in a lawsuit filed by Professional Investigating and Consulting Agency Inc. (PICA). PICA alleged that HP misappropriated a unique and proprietary program designed by PICA to allow HP to better manage its sales channel to uncover sales and discount fraud, gray marketing, and stolen or counterfeit goods. The jury found that HP misappropriated PICA’s program maliciously and willfully; misappropriated PICA’s proprietary investigative ways, means and methods; breached its covenant of good faith and fair dealing; and defamed PICA. The jury awarded PICA $6.5 million in damages. (When PICA received the award in March 2016, the total had grown to $8.2 million with interest and legal fees.)

Misconduct Type
Intellectual Property
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
10/27/2014
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Hewlett-Packard Company $8,200,000
Further Information Released
PICA Press Release 11/3/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database