PHOTOSHOP CC 2014: Path Tool problems when adjustment layer is selected

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I consider the following behaviour a bug related to the Path Tool.
I'm using Photoshop CC 2014 on a Mac.

If I'm working with the path tool, I often hold down the command tool which toggles the Direct Selection Tool temporarily. I use the marquee to select a point/s or subpath. Lifting my stylus from the tablet completes my selection. Still holding command, I grab point/s or subpath and manipulate/move etc...

All good so far...tool behaviour is as expected.

As soon as I do this while also having a Curve or Hue/Sat layer (with the Auto-Select Targeted adjustment tool option on) highlighted the behaviour changes. Upon lifting my stylus to complete my selection, the tool cursor instantly changes to an eyedropper and the Targeted Adjustment becomes active. I can no longer grab the point or subpath to manipulate - any dragging with the cursor affects the curve or hue/sat properties. I need to hit P to activate the path tool again, then hold Command to toggle to Direct selection Tool. All to simply select and move a point.

To me this is not how the tool should behave as no other tool does this.
For example, I can have the same adjustment layers highlighted, hit M for marquee, and drag and release to my hearts content - the Targeted Adjustment will not become active. I can modify the tool by using Shift, Opt and Command but the marquee tool remains active. To activate the Targeted Adjustment I click on the curve or hue/sat layer (even though it is already highlighted) and the Targeted Adjustment activates.

So I feel this is a bug unless someone can explain to me a logical reason.
I can't see how this is deliberately useful in any way.

I also realise that I can avoid this by simply not have an adjustment layer selected when manipulating a path (or turn off Auto Targeted adjustment). But that's not the point.
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