The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2013


6. Autonomy

Autonomy is like a nagging illness that HP can't seem to shake. Despite HP's turnaround this year, its notorious acquisition of the U.K. software company was still a source of controversy this year. First, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office in March announced it had launched a criminal investigation into Autonomy's accounting practices prior to HP's acquisition. Then another bombshell dropped in May when a class action lawsuit, filed by several investor groups, claimed HP tried to back out of the Autonomy deal just weeks before the acquisition closed in late 2011 (U.K. laws, however, prevented HP from cancelling the deal at that point).

 



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