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Mark Hurd asks to intervene in HP investor suit

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO has been fighting to keep sealed a document written by a former contractor whose sexual harassment allegations led to his ouster from the company.

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Mark Hurd Hewlett-Packard

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd petitioned a Delaware court Tuesday, Bloomberg reported, to intervene in an HP shareholders' lawsuit over his August ouster from the company.

It's the latest step in Hurd's ongoing attempt to keep a document sealed that reportedly contains former HP contractor Jodie Fisher's allegations of sexual harassment against him--the complaint that ultimately led to Hurd's departure. The plaintiff's side of the shareholder suit targeting HP has been seeking to make the eight-page document public.

Last week, a report surfaced that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating Hurd's ouster by the company's board of directors, an inquiry centered on the claim that Hurd, who is now serving as co-president of Oracle Software, had passed on information to Fisher about HP's pending acquisition of Electronic Data Systems.