Backed HP's plan to buy Compaq over the objections of board member Walter Hewlett. The merger was approved due in part to ISS's decision and CEO Carly Fiorina's lobbying.
Sided with Weyerhaeuser in its year-long, and ultimately successful, hostile bid for rival Willamette.
Initially supported management against dissident Sam Wyly, who accused CA of questionable accounting and wanted control of the board. ISS later switched sides when Wyly's slate shrank to four board seats. CA prevailed, though it has followed some of ISS's recommendations.
Opposed the successful bid by businessman Samuel J. Heyman for four board seats. Heyman accused the board of incompetence and demanded a say in the planned sale of Hercules.