SCO Grp v. Novell Inc
Proposed Voir Dire by Defendant Novell, Inc.. (Brennan, Sterling)
SCO Grp v. Novell Inc
WORKMAN | NYDEGGER A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Sterling A. Brennan (Utah State Bar No. 10060; E-mail: email@example.com) David R. Wright (Utah State Bar No. 5164: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Kirk R. Harris (Utah State Bar No. 10221; E-mail: email@example.com) Cara J. Baldwin (Utah State Bar No. 11863; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) 1000 Eagle Gate Tower 60 E. South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 Telephone: (801) 533-9800 Facsimile: (801) 328-1707 MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP Michael A. Jacobs (Admitted Pro Hac Vice; E-mail: email@example.com) Eric M. Acker (Admitted Pro Hac Vice; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Grant L. Kim (Admitted Pro Hac Vice; E-Mail: email@example.com) 425 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2482 Telephone: (415) 268-7000 Facsimile: (415) 268-7522 Attorneys for Defendant and Counterclaim-Plaintiff NOVELL, INC.
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF UTAH, CENTRAL DIVISION THE SCO GROUP, INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, vs. NOVELL, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant. AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIMS. Judge Ted Stewart Case No. 2:04CV00139 NOVELL'S REQUESTS FOR VOIR DIRE EXAMINATION OF THE VENIRE
Pursuant to the "Trial Order" dated February 4, 2010 (Dkt. No. 626), Novell hereby submits this set of proposed voir dire questions for the Court to include in its voir dire of the potential juror panel: Ladies and Gentlemen: It is our purpose here today to select from among you a group of ______________ individuals to serve as jurors in a civil dispute involving a corporate plaintiff, The SCO Group, Inc., and a corporate defendant, Novell, Inc. You will be asked a series of questions that are designed to assist the Court and the attorneys representing the parties involved in the dispute in determining whether there is any reason why you should not sit as a juror in this particular dispute. The questions that you will be asked are not intended to offend you in any way, and are not being asked simply out of anyone's personal curiosity. Instead, they simply are intended to see if there is anything in your background that might affect your ability to fairly weigh the evidence to be presented without any bias for or against any of the parties. We will now proceed with the questions. Please listen carefully to each of the questions as we go through them. If any of you has a question or a problem during the process please raise your hand. 1. Would any of you be unduly burdened with financial, business, or family
problems if the trial of this case lasts as many as 15 trial days? 2. Based on what we have described so far, do you or any of your close friends or
relatives work or have any business connection with any of the parties to this action or think that you know anything about this case or the parties, The SCO Group and Novell? 3. Have any of you ever served as a juror before? If yes: a. In what kind of case? b. What was the outcome?
Have you ever been involved in a lawsuit? If yes: a. In what kind of case? b. What was the outcome?
Have any of you ever been personally involved in a breach of contract dispute? If yes: a. What was the dispute? b. Were you accused of breach of contract or did you accuse another person or entity of breach of contract? c. Was a court action filed? d. What was the outcome?
Have any of you ever specifically negotiated the terms of a written contract? If yes: a. What was the contract? b. Did you retain legal counsel for the negotiations?
Have any of you ever worked for a company that has been involved in a breach of
contract lawsuit? If yes: a. What was the outcome? b. How did you feel about the outcome? 8. Have any of you ever been personally involved in an action for slander of title? If yes: a. What was the dispute? b. Were you accused of slander of title or did you accuse another person or entity of slander of title? c. Was a court action filed?
d. What was the outcome? 9. In connection with your employment, do you have anything to do with the
adjustment of claims or the settlement of claims for damages? 10. Have you or any member of your immediate family ever had a claim against
anyone for damages? (If so, what kind of claim? What did it involve? Was this claim compromised or settled out of court, or did the matter go to trial? Would that fact influence you in any way in reaching a verdict in this case? Were you satisfied with the outcome of this claim?) 11. Has anyone ever had a claim for damages against you or a member of your
immediate family? (If so, what kind of claim? What did it involve? Was this claim compromised or settled out of court, or did the matter go to trial? Would that fact influence you in any way in reaching a verdict in this case? Were you satisfied with the outcome of this claim?) 12. case? [Read Witness Lists] 13. or businesses? [Read List of Businesses Likely to Be Mentioned During the Trial] 14. businesses. 15. Do you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, have any If so, describe your connection or affiliation with any of these companies or Do you know, or have you had any dealings with, any of the following companies Do you know any of the following persons who may be called to testify in this
experience, knowledge or advanced education in any aspect of the computer hardware or software industry? 16. Do you regularly read computer- or technology-oriented magazines?
Are you familiar with the open source model of computer programming or with
open source operating systems, such as Linux? 18. Are you familiar with operating systems, such as Microsoft DOS or Windows or
Apple operating systems? 19. Unixware? 20. Do you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, work for or in Are you familiar with other operating systems, such as Netware, UNIX, or
close contact with the accounting or financial forecasting industry? 21. Do you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, work for or in
close contact with law firms or the legal system? 22. Do you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, work for
companies involved in licensing intellectual property or software? a. If yes, please describe that work experience. 23. Have you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, been negatively
impacted by the recent economic downturn? 24. or blog? 25. Have you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, ever filed a Do you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, maintain a weblog,
copyright registration with the United States Copyright Office? 26. Have you, or anyone in your family or any of your close friends, ever been involved in the sale of a business or assets of a business? a. If yes: i. When? ii. What was the nature of business? iii. Describe your involvement. iv. Did any disputes arise concerning the sale? If so, please describe. 4
Do any of you know of any reason why you think that you could not sit in this
case and render a just, fair, honest and impartial verdict?
DATED: February 23, 2010
Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ Sterling A. Brennan
MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP Michael A. Jacobs, pro hac vice Eric M. Acker, pro hac vice Grant L. Kim, pro hac vice WORKMAN NYDEGGER Sterling A. Brennan David R. Wright Kirk R. Harris Cara J. Baldwin Attorneys for Defendant and Counterclaim-Plaintiff Novell, Inc.
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