HP has reached an “amicable settlement” with UK trader D&P Data Systems in what it says is part of a wider crackdown on the grey market and counterfeit products.
According to the vendor, D&P has agreed to pay HP substantial damages and legal costs relating to its importation and sale of HP-branded products not intended for sale within the European Economic Area.
HP said the details of the settlement, comprising an English High Court Order, are confidential.
“This legal action demonstrates HP's practice of taking action to address unlawful trade outside authorised HP distribution channels,” HP said in a statement.
It added: “HP and its partners invest significantly in the quality and dependability of the supply chain to customers. HP will not cease in its efforts to provide a fair trading environment for its partner community and protect them from unlawful activity that undermines their business.”
Founded in 1992, Manchester-based D&P bills itself as a second-tier distributor of servers, systems and options.
D&P was unable to comment as CRN went to press.
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