HP's top lawyer steps down and refuses to testify

By Justin Mann on September 28, 2006, 10:56 AM
Those investigating HP's recent actions got hit with a bit of a snag recently, when one of HP's lawyers decided that she would not testify against the IT giant. Citing concerns over costing people their jobs, Ann Baskins won't be doing legal work for HP anymore, at least for the duration of these events. According to HP, this benefits them greatly:

"She has admirably supported our business needs across the globe and will be missed," CEO Mark Hurd said Thursday in a statement regarding Baskins. "Stepping down was a very hard decision for her, but by doing so, she has put the interests of HP above her own, and that is to be commended."
She may have been involved in the activities which HP has come under the legal eye for, though currently no criminal charges have been brought up against anyone.

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buttus said:
This really has become quite the joke. Here HP was just recovering from the Carly disaster and getting their act togethor and whammo.It doesn't help that the California DA is all over this and is enjoying the spotlight.Between such corporate disasters as WorldCom and Nortel, Corporate America has zero tolerance to companies attempting to act above the law (unless you are Microsoft and then you simply pay the EU billions in fines).Acer and IBM both must be loving this as surely HP will loose business to both of these competitors.
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