updated 2/13/2008 9:38:43 PM ET 2008-02-14T02:38:43

A lawyer for a New York Times reporter and three BusinessWeek reporters who were spied on as part of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s boardroom surveillance scheme says the four have settled claims against the company.

The San Francisco-based lawyer, Terry Gross, declined to reveal the dollar amount attached to the settlement. He says the settlement was not the result of a lawsuit.

Gross represents the New York Times and reporter John Markoff, who was spied on as part of the probe that became public in September 2006.

He also represents BusinessWeek reporters Peter Burrows, Ben Elgin and Roger Crockett, journalists whose private telephone records were also obtained by HP-hired investigators.

HP confirmed there has been a settlement.

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