We don't really need them, says Lynch Camp
Mike Lynch (pictured) has decided not to call two key witnesses in his trial before the High Court against HPE in London
Autonomy Trial Two key witnesses in the Autonomy trial have "refused" to testify, Hewlett-Packard's lawyer sensationally claimed before the High Court in London.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC told justice of justice Mr Justice Hildyard that two of Mike Lynch's main witnesses, former Autonomy chief operating officer Andy Kanter and former marketing director Nicole Eagan, "refused to attend before Your honor to give evidence. "
Kanter was a senior member of the team of former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, both before and during the unfortunate purchase of the company by HP (as it was) in August 2011. Eagan is currently the executive director of the company that Lynch discovered after his adventures of Autonomy, Darktrace.
A spokesman for Darktrace declined to comment last night about Eagan's alleged refusal to stify Kanter is a partner of Lynch's venture capital firm, Invoke Capital, which also declined to comment.
The Registry understands that Lynch's camp has "given up" on Eagan, Kanter and another witness, and that HPE also decided not to interrogate three other defense witnesses. Therefore, your witness statements will be removed from the case file. We understand that Lynch's position is that the events on which they were to testify were covered in great detail during their own marathon testimony in July.
Eagan also says that HPE worked closely with Lynch and played an important role in launching Autonomy's structured Probabilistic Engine (SPE) product in the summer of 2009. HPE says that event was part of Autonomy's cover story. to help disguise its growing hardware sales while, according to HPE, it pretends to be a pure software business. Part of the accusations against Lynch and co-defendant Sushovan Hussain are that hardware sales were classified in the Autonomy accounts as "marketing" expenses.
In June, Rabinowitz asked Lynch in court: "Dr. Lynch, the plan was that you personally, along with Mrs. Eagan, decided to write the SPE press release, correct?"  Lynch replied: "Yes, I would really like to participate in the message here."
Kanter, as the director of operations of Autonomy, oversaw the purchase of the Microlink reseller in 2010 for $ 55 million, something that HPE already questioned in 2014. He was one of Lynch's key lieutenants in his management of Autonomy, both in day by day as in terms of commercial strategy. and has been widely mentioned during the trial by most witnesses who have testified so far.
Until Lynch left him, Kanter had to spend four days testifying in court.
The trial of Autonomy continues. ®