TMCNet:  Ryan & Maniskas, LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Hewlett-Packard Company

[November 29, 2012]

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Hewlett-Packard Company

WAYNE, Pa. --(Business Wire)--

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP (www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hpq) announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of purchasers of Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert) Company ("Hewlett-Packard" or the "Company") (NYSE:HPQ) common stock during the period between August 19, 2011 and November 20, 2012 (the "Class Period").

For more information regarding this class action suit, please contact Ryan & Maniskas, LLP (Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire) toll-free at (877) 316-3218 or by email at rmaniskas@rmclasslaw.com or visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hpq

The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants concealed that the Company had gained control of Autonomy (News - Alert) in 2011 based on financial statements that could not be relied upon because of serious accounting manipulation and improprieties. In addition, defendants concealed known negative business trends concerning the profitmargins of the Company's Enterprise Services business, formerly known as Electronic Data Systems (News - Alert) Corporation ("EDS"), which Hewlett-Packard had acquired in August 2008 for $13.0 billion. As a result of defendants' false and misleading statements, the Company's stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period, reaching a high of $29.89 per share on February 16, 2012.


On August 22, 2012, Hewlett-Packard issued a press release announcing a third quarter 2012 earnings per share loss of $4.49, largely as the result of an $8.0 billion charge for impairment of goodwill associated with the acquisition of EDS (News - Alert). On this news, the Company's stock price dropped $1.56 per share to close at $17.64 per share on August 23, 2012. Then, on November 20, 2012, the Company disclosed it had taken an $8.8 billion charge related to its acquisition of Autonomy due to serious accounting improprieties. On this news, the Company's stock price dropped $1.59 per share to close at $11.71 per share, a decline of 12%,

If you are a member of the class, you may, no later than January 25, 2013, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff of the class. A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as "lead plaintiff." Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. You may retain Ryan & Maniskas, LLP or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.

For more information about the case or to participate online, please visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hpq or contact Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire toll-free at (877) 316-3218, or by e-mail at rmaniskas@rmclasslaw.com. For more information about class action cases in general or to learn more about Ryan & Maniskas, LLP, please visit our website: www.rmclasslaw.com.

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP is a national shareholder litigation firm. Ryan & Maniskas, LLP is devoted to protecting the interests of individual and institutional investors in shareholder actions in state and federal courts nationwide.


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