SCO Grp v. Novell Inc

Filing 600

NOTICE of Related Proceeding by Novell, Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C) (Sneddon, Heather)

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SCO Grp v. Novell Inc Doc. 600 Att. 3 Brent O. Hatch (5715) Mark F. James (5295) HATCH, JAMES & DODGE, PC 10 West Broadway, Suite 400 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 Telephone: (801) 363-6363 Facsimile: (801) 363-6666 David Boies (admitted pro hac vice) Robert Silver (admitted pro hac vice) Edward Normand (admitted pro hac vice) BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP 333 Main Street Armonk, New York 10504 Telephone: (914) 749-8200 Facsimile: (914) 749-8300 Devan V. Padmanabhan (admitted pro hac vice) DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 Telephone: (612) 340-2600 Facsimile: (612) 340-2868 Attorneys for Plaintiff, The SCO Group, Inc. Stephen N. Zack (admitted pro hac vice) BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP Bank of America Tower Suite 2800 100 Southeast Second Street Miami, Florida 33131 Telephone: (305) 539-8400 Facsimile: (305) 539-1307 Stuart Singer (admitted pro hac vice) BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP 401 East Las Olas Blvd. Suite 1200 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Telephone: (954) 356-0011 Facsimile: (954) 356-0022 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH THE SCO GROUP, INC. Plaintiff/Counterclaim-Defendant, v. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Defendant/Counterclaim-Plaintiff. SCO'S STATEMENT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE COURT'S NOTICE OF DECISION AND REQUEST FOR STATUS UPDATE DATED AUGUST 10, 2007 Case No. 2:03CV0294DAK Honorable Dale A. Kimball Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells Dockets.Justia.com Plaintiff/Counterclaim-Defendant, The SCO Group, Inc. ("SCO"), respectfully submits this Memorandum in compliance with the Court's Notice of Decision and Request for Status Update dated August 10, 2007. Rather that presenting any argument regarding the effect of the Court's Summary Judgment Order in Novell (the "Order"), SCO submits that the Order bears on SCO's claims and IBM's counterclaims, and on the parties' pending motions, in the following respects. If the Court is inclined to hear argument on any of these issues, SCO will present that argument at the Court's invitation and at an appropriate time. I. THE PARTIES' CLAIMS A. SCO's Claims. SCO believes that the Order would constitute a basis upon which the Court could dismiss SCO's First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth or Eighth Causes of Action in its Second Amended Complaint. SCO is not voluntarily dismissing these claims, but acknowledges that the Court's rulings with respect to Novell's right to waive contract claims if applied to the IBM case would resolve these claims. Because these are separate cases, SCO submits it is appropriate that the resolution of these claims be reflected in a separate Order, and Judgment. This statement is without prejudice to SCO's right to pursue motions for reconsideration and appellate rights in both the IBM and Novell actions. With respect to its remaining Cause of Action, SCO states as follows: Sixth Cause of Action Unfair Competition SCO alleges that IBM has engaged in unfair competition in several respects. The Order does not bear on SCO's allegations (as described in SCO's Second Amended Complaint, interrogatory responses, and/or prior memoranda in the case) that IBM has engaged in unfair competition through its misconduct in connection with Project Monterey and by inducing companies to breach their corporate licensing agreements with SCO. This claim remains ripe both with respect to SCO's ownership of post-1995 UnixWare copyrights and because SCO's ownership of any UNIX or UnixWare copyrights is not necessary for SCO to pursue the claim. Seventh Cause of Action Interference with Contract SCO alleges that IBM has induced companies to breach their corporate licensing agreements with SCO. The Order does not bear on this claim. Ninth Cause of Action Interference with Business Relationships SCO alleges that IBM interfered with SCO's actual and prospective business relationships with a variety of companies. The Order does not bear on this claim. SCO's Claim for Copyright Infringement In its Order dated February 9, 2005, the Court agreed with IBM's arguments on the question and found that SCO had asserted a general Linux copyright claim in this case. As the Court further noted in the same Order, "IBM's Tenth Counterclaim appears to be broader in scope that SCO's claims." The Order as pertaining to ownership of copyrights bears on this claim inasmuch as it would bar SCO from pursuing such claims as the purported owner of all UNIX and UnixWare copyrights. SCO submits that the Order does not preclude SCO from pursuing copyright infringement claims insofar as it occupies the position of an exclusive licensee from Novell, or as the owner of the post-1995 UnixWare copyrights. B. IBM's Counterclaims. The Order, in SCO's view, does not resolve any of the Counterclaims. The Tenth Counterclaim, seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of copyrights, is not affected insofar as SCO is able to pursue enforcement as an exclusive licensee or assignee or with respect to post-1995 copyrights that SCO owns. II. EFFECT OF THE ORDER ON THE PARTIES' PENDING MOTIONS 1. SCO's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on SCO's Third Cause of Action, For Breach of Contract, dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 775. In light of the Novell Order, this motion is moot. 2. SCO's Motion for Summary Judgment on IBM's Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Counterclaims, dated September 25, 2006. Docket No. 776. This motion remains to be decided to the extent that IBM intends to pursue its Second, Third, Fourth, and/or Fifth Counterclaims. 3. SCO's Motion for Summary Judgment on IBM's Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Counterclaims, dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 777. This motion remains to be decided. 4. IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Contract Claims (SCO's First, Second, Third and Fourth Causes of Action), dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 780. The Court is able to dismiss these claims on the basis of its determination in the Novell Order that Novell had the right to waive SCO's contract claims, thus rendering a decision on the other grounds asserted in this motion unnecessary. 5. IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Copyright Claim (SCO's Fifth Cause of Action), dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 781. The Court is able to dismiss these claims on the basis of its determination in the Novell Order that Novell had the right to waive SCO's contract claims, thus rendering a decision on the other grounds asserted in this motion 6. IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Unfair Competition Claim (SCO's Sixth Cause of Action), dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 782. This motion remains to be decided as the Order does not bear on SCO's Sixth Cause of Action 7. IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Interference Claims (SCO's Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Causes of Action), dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 783. This motion remains to be decided with respect to SCO's Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Causes of Action for tortious interference. 8. IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on Its Claim for Copyright Infringement (IBM's Eighth Counterclaim), dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 784. This motion remains to be decided as the Order does not bear on it. 9. IBM's Motion for Summary Judgment on Its Claim for Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement (IBM's Tenth Counterclaim), dated September 25, 2006, Docket No. 785. This motion remains to be decided to the extent the SCO is entitled to pursue claims for copyright infringement as an exclusive licensee or assignee or as owner of post-1995 copyrights. 10. SCO's Motion for Reconsideration of the Order Overruling Objections to the Magistrate Court's Granting of IBM's Motion in Part to Limit Claims, dated December 13, 2006, Docket No. 894. This motion remains ripe, as the Order does not render it moot. 11. SCO's Objections to the Magistrate Court's Order Denying SCO's Motion for Relief for IBM's Spoliation of Evidence, dated March 16, 2007, Docket No. 995. This motion remains ripe, as the Order does not render it moot. 12. SCO's Objections to the Magistrate Court's Order on IBM's Motion to Confine, dated January 9, 2007, Docket No. 916. This motion remains ripe, as the Order does not render it moot. DATED this 31st day of August, 2007. HATCH, JAMES & DODGE, P.C. Brent O. Hatch Mark F. James BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP David Boies Robert Silver Stuart H. Singer Stephen N. Zack Edward Normand DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP Devan V. Padmanabhan Counsel for The SCO Group, Inc. By: __/s/ Edward J. Normand_____________ Edward J. Normand CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE Plaintiff/Counterclaim-Defendant, The SCO Group, Inc., hereby certifies that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was served on Defendant/Counterclaim-Plaintiff, International Business Machines Corporation, on this 31th day of August, 2007, via CM/ECF to the following: David Marriott, Esq. (dmarrriott@cravath.com) Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Worldwide Plaza 825 Eighth Avenue New York, New York 10019 Todd Shaughnessy, Esq. (tshaugnessy@swlaw.com) Snell & Wilmer LLP 1200 Gateway Tower West 15 West South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1004 /s/ Edward Normand

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