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HP Can Proceed With Hurd Departure Probe, Judge Rules

An investigation of Mark Hurd’s departure from Hewlett-Packard Co. can go forward, a judge ruled, rejecting his objection based on claims he deserves to see documents HP’s board won’t share.

U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, California, canceled a hearing on the matter scheduled for today, finding “good cause” to let the company probe proceed while halting the lawsuit that prompted it for 45 days. The suit alleges that directors at the largest maker of computers wasted company money by awarding Hurd as much as $53 million in severance pay when he resigned as chief executive officer in August.