Hewlett-Packard (HP) has agreed to pay $14.5m (£7.4m) to settle a civil lawsuit over its much-criticised investigation into a boardroom leak.

The probe by the Californian attorney general came after allegations that HP had wrongly spied on its directors to try and find the source of the leak.

HP said its payment to the attorney general's office did not mean it accepted any liability.

The spying scandal led to the departure of the firm's chairman Patricia Dunn.

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