Hewlett's Challenge: Proving It

With his antimerger case cleared for trial, HP's dissident director will be hard pressed to muster hard evidence of his claims

Walter Hewlett wasn't in the courtroom on Apr. 7 during a rare Sunday hearing at the Delaware Chancery Court. If, perchance, Hewlett was in church, it may have been time better spent. The judge heard arguments on whether Hewlett-Packard must face trial in a lawsuit brought by the dissident director. And even though Hewlett won the first round of this battle, he still may need a prayer or two to achieve his ultimate goal: derailing the $18.7 billion merger between HP and Compaq Computer.

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