HP gets [censored] reply from a US judge

HP logoThe maker of expensive printer ink, HP’s attempts to keep heavily censored documents away from the prying eyes of the public seems to have incurred the sarcastic humour of a US judge.

The heavily censored documents were practically impossible to read, but HP insisted that they be kept under seal any way.

HP seems to like its black ink, presumably because it makes more money from that than anything else. Judge Charles Breyer gave them a taste of its own redaction.

This certainly won’t stop HP from making another attempt to seal submitted exhibits, but at least it gives the company a succinct depiction of Breyer’s thoughts on its multiple secrecy motions.

Judge Breyer who has been involved in the three year case between Hewlett-Packard and its shareholders should have been long over.

However eight motions in total were filed by HP during the waning days of the legal battle. All eight have been denied by Judge Breyer because…. We don’t know.  Breyer sent back his judgement so heavily redacted no one could read it.

Breyer’s refusal leaves almost everything to its lawyers’ imaginations, however there is a clue in the footnote on the final page.

No motion for reconsideration will be entertained unless HP identifies within three days “a limited amount of exceptionally sensitive information that truly deserves protection” under the “compelling reasons” the footnote said.