SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto who are representing Hewlett-Packard want outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into Mark Hurd’s departure from the biggest maker of personal computers.

They proposed the investigation in a shareholder derivative suit filed in San Jose federal court against HP, HP’s board of directors, and former CEO Hurd. The suit alleges that HP’s board wasted money by giving Hurd a $53 million severance package when he resigned in August after the company found he’d tried to hide a personal relationship with a contractor.

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