The state is still gathering information about the damage that may have been caused to those on whom HP spied as the company attempted to, according to sources close to the matter. What remains unclear is the statutes under which the state is considering filing.
Representatives from the attorney general's office on Wednesday began contacting some of those who had been under surveillance by HP investigators during its probe.
Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, phoned News.com's Stephen Shankland, one of threewithout their knowledge or permission. Dresslar requested contact information for all three reporters.
"Expect to be contacted by our office in the near future," Shankland quoted Dresslar as telling him.
One of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attorney general is trying to determine the kind of damage that may have been caused by HP's spying, the source said.
HP declined to comment on the potential lawsuit.
The spying operation began in 2005 and some of the tactics used to gather information included duping telephone company employees into turning over private records.
Five people connected to HP's investigation, including Patricia Dunn, the company's former chairman, have beenwith conspiracy, identity theft and two other felonies. All five have .
In other news Wednesday, a shareholder lawsuit is accusing HP executives of selling more than $40 million in company stock just before the spying being made public, the Associated Press reported.
Filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on behalf of all HP shareholders, the claim accuses HP leaders,, of engaging in insider trading, breaching their fiduciary duties and causing substantial harm to the company, the AP reported.