Hewlett-Packard (HP) is being sued by one of its shareholders, following the sudden dismissal of webOS and the HP TouchPad in August.
Specifically, Reuters reports that shareholder Richard Gammel is accusing HP of covering up and not admitting to investors that webOS wasn't actually central to the business model of the company anymore, even while it was building up the HP TouchPad.
The suit also claims that HP executives, especially CEO Leo Apotheker and CFO Cathie Lesjak, of making positive statements about the state of HP that "later proved unfounded."
Now, all executives try to sound positive to investors so as not to stir things up and scare them away. Additionally, it's only natural in business to boast about and promote products before their releases to gain interest.
But if HP's leaders were flat-out lying about the corporation's financial wellbeing, then that's a major problem — as it would be if it was discovered that HP was planning to jettison webOS before the TouchPad even launched.
Nevertheless, if Gammel succeeds, and proves that HP was negligent and dishonest with its investors, then damages would be awarded to anyone that bought HP shares between 22 November 2010 and 18 August 2011 — the same day that HP gave up on webOS and its related products.
Via ZDNet US