Ladies and Gentlemen, SCO v. IBM Is Officially Reopened

The Hon. David Nuffer has ruled on the SCO v. IBM motions, granting SCO’s motion for reconsideration and reopening the case, which IBM did not object to. Judge Nuffer apologizes to the parties for the error in his previous
order refusing to reopen the case. Sounds like a mensch to me. I love it when judges don’t pretend something is the lawyers’ fault when it’s really the judge’s fault. He’s newly assigned to this case, and it’s been going on for over a decade, so he specifically tells the parties not to assume his familiarity, asking them to provide him with enough detail in the various briefs going forward to work with. And he has essentially accepted the IBM suggestions on how to go forward, which SCO did not want to happen. I was fairly confident he would, though, precisely because he’s new and he surely needs some time and help from the parties to get up to speed. So it’s going to go like this:

1. SCO must file a brief statement identifying the claims it agrees are foreclosed by the SCO v. Novell judgment, the one that found that Novell did not transfer the UNIX copyrights to SCO in 1995. That wiped out all of SCO’s claims, IBM asserts; SCO says it has two left.

2. IBM can then object to that list, which I’m sure it will.
3. IBM can then, by July 15, file a new motion for summary judgment on the remaining claims and counterclaims. This is what SCO did *not* want to happen.
4. After that motion is decided, there will be a process and schedule set up for the parties to respond to the court’s request that they identify summary judgmet motions filed before the current judge was assigned that they still want to be decided, which this judge will then do.

Here’s what *won’t* happen, what SCO wanted, namely that the old summary judgment motions filed 5 years ago that were stalled all this time by SCO’s bankruptcy be ruled on without SCO having to do any more briefing.

Here’s what *could* happen: The whole thing could be over after step number 3. …read more

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