Wall Street criticism came early, yet the merger's gravest blow was dissent from the Hewlett and Packard families, which hold almost 18 percent of HP stock. Board member Walter Hewlett's proxy war against the merger fueled the conflict.
Opposition sparks family feud
Descendents of Hewlett-Packard co-founder William Hewlett come out against the merger. Will other major shareholders follow? November 6, 2001
Hewlett: I'll do it my way
CNET News.com sits down with Walter Hewlett, who tells the inside story behind his desire to prevent the merger of HP and Compaq. February 14, 2002