Court orders HP to pay BSkyB £200m within 14 days

A High Court judge this afternoon ordered HP to pay BSkyB interim damages of £200m within 14 days.

A High Court judge this afternoon ordered HP to pay BSkyB interim damages of £200m within 14 days. The order follows a judgment last month which found that EDS, before it was taken over by HP, had misrepresented its capabilities when bidding for, and selling, a CRM system to BSkyB.

Today’s order by the judge Vivian Ramsey was: “The defendant [HP,which acquired EDS] shall make an interim payment on account of the damages to which the claimants are entitled in the amount of £200m by 4.30pm on Wedneday 17 February 2010.”

EDS says in response that it is seeking permission to appeal against the judgment.

A spokesman said: “This is a legacy issue dating back to the EDS business in 2000, which HP inherited when it acquired EDS in 2008. As the world’s largest technology company, HP has built a solid reputation based on strong governance and adherence to the highest ethical standards.”

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