Hewlett-Packard Co., the largest maker of computers, is close to announcing a board shakeup aimed at removing directors considered loyal to former Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd, three people familiar with the matter said.

HP, facing a shareholder lawsuit over the way it handled the departure of Hurd, is planning an independent probe into the circumstances of his exit, which was announced in August, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleges that HP directors wasted company money by awarding Hurd as much as $53 million in severance and other benefits.

Hurd resigned as chairman and CEO after an internal investigation found he violated business conduct standards in trying to conceal a personal relationship with a contractor.

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