Legal Matters

The HP Fraud Kerfuffle Gets Even More Embarrassing As Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch Starts a Blog

Ms. Whitman. (Photo: Max Morse)

The nuts and bolts of HP’s $11.1 billion acquisition of Autonomy are pretty wonky. But we know a good scandal when we see one, and this $8.8 billion loss and the whole “fraud” debacle are shaking up to be one for the record books.

After losing all that money, HP pointed the finger at its subsidiary, alleging that cooked books had made Autonomy appear more valuable than it really was. If the HP thought the former Autonomy team would go quietly into that good night, the Silicon Valley giant was sadley mistaken. Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has loudly maintained his innocence, and now Business Insider reports that he’s started a blog to defend against the allegations. Read More

Serious Fraud

There Are Two Narratives on Hewlett-Packard’s $8.8 Billion Loss; Which One Should You Believe?

Lynch. (The Telegraph)

In the hours since Hewlett-Packard stunned investors by announcing an $8.8 billion loss on its acquisition of Autonomy, competing narratives have emerged to describe just what went wrong.

H-P spoke first, explaining that “accounting improprieties” and “outright misrepresentations” committed before it acquired the British search engine maker for $11.1 billion last year led to Read More