New Site Pits Former Autonomy CEO Against HP

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Autonomy’s Mike Lynch

Software maker Autonomy‘s former management have set up a Web site to counter the accusations made against them by Hewlett-Packard Co. last month.

Maintained by Autonomy founder and former CEO Mike Lynch, aims to provide the public with “clear and transparent” information on what could turn out to be one of the technology industry’s biggest-ever legal battles.

It’s also designed to be a public point of contact for Lynch and other former Autonomy managers HP has accused of using dodgy accounting practices to inflate the software vendor’s price before HP acquired it for $11 billion last year.

The site includes the open letter Lynch wrote to HP’s board on Nov. 27 in which he rebutted HP’s allegations of impropriety and asked his former paymaster to respond to seven pointed questions surrounding the $8.8 billion writedown HP made a week earlier.

Visitors to the site are invited to use a submission form to contact Lynch with questions.

The site also includes information about Autonomy and any public statements made on behalf of the former management team.

Lynch left HP in May, as the vendor admitted Autonomy’s sales were failing to take off.

He “utterly rejects” all allegations of impropriety made against him and his former team, although analysts have voiced fears that the case could have profound repercussions for the UK tech industry regardless of the outcome.

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