Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) alleges Autonomy used misleading accounting amid the HP-Autonomy M&A negotiations in mid-2011. But how's this for the height of irony: Autonomy offers eDiscovery solutions that "help organizations, law firms and legal service providers better meet client needs without the cumbersome integration efforts that other vendors face." Now wouldn't it be ironic if HP used those eDiscovery tools to build a case against former Autonomy executives?

Let The VAR Guy set the stage: During a Q4 2012 earnings call last week, CEO Meg Whitman alleged that former Autonomy used misleading accounting and withheld key information during the mid-2011 M&A process with HP. HP and former Autonomy executives are now locked in a legal war of words.

How might Autonomy's eDiscovery technology assist HP in this battle? Consider Autonomy's claims about the technology, which state:
"Autonomy's eDiscovery solutions have emerged as the trusted choice of the top legal, corporate, and financial institutions to address the challenges of complex litigation and are used by more legal service providers globally than any other solution.  From applying advanced analytics to understanding concepts in client data, our technology automates legal hold notification workflows and culls down massive potentially responsive data sets for review and production. Autonomy addresses each and every stage of litigation and regulatory investigations, spanning the entire Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) on a modular, end-to-end platform that eliminates the risks and excessive costs associated with handing off client data between vendors and disparate technologies.  This modular e-discovery approach allows organizations to enable functionality based on their changing complexity of requirements."
Wow. That sounds like incredibly powerful technology. But is it powerful enough to help HP build a legal case against former Autonomy executives? The VAR Guy is listening closely for answers...