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March 30th, 2016

SCO Again Returns From Dead, Plans Appeal

FOSS Force has learned that we shouldn’t write obituaries until we actually see a death certificate. SCO intends to file an appeal over the dismissal of its case against IBM.

On Feburary 29, we told you that SCO was “undeniably and reliably dead” after the company signed off on Judge David Nuffer’s dismissal of what remained of its case against IBM. Guess what? We were wrong. The once upon a time Linux and Unix company, which developed and distributed the Caldera GNU/Linux distribution, evidently has not yet been pulled from life support. On Tuesday, the company filed notification that it intends to appeal Judge Nuffer’s ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

SCO LogoDing-dong! The witch is alive.

The bases of SCO’s appeal is not yet known. The papers filed only give notice that the plaintiff, that would be SCO, intends to appeal the decision. What is known is that the bankrupt company with no assets, other than its claim against IBM, is somehow managing to keep lawyers paid, which indicates that somebody’s lurking in the shadows hoping to eventually win the SCO lottery.

We can also assume that SCO’s lawyers aren’t working cheaply. According to the court document filed Tuesday, the company continues to be represented by the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. David Boies is the same lawyer who prevailed over Redmond in the Netscape/Microsoft monopoly case and was almost responsible for having Microsoft split into two companies.

To hazard a guess, IBM’s response will likely be to revive its countersuits against SCO, and might even add a couple of new ones into the mix. It wouldn’t be a surprise if IBM pursued these counter claims aggressively, in an effort to help whomever is behind keeping SCO alive incur considerable legal expenses.

In the meantime, grab the popcorn and the M&Ms. This is turning out to be the longest death scene ever.

9 comments to SCO Again Returns From Dead, Plans Appeal

  • UncleEd

    1. I predicted this in the first comment to your Feb 29 column.

    2. I’ve heard, but can’t verify, that the lawyers took this on a lump sum fixed price until it’s over, so they’re working for no additional funds–unless they win some money.

    Given SCO’s financial state, it would be interesting who is paying the filing fees and how much effort that entity is putting into keeping hidden.

  • I’d like to give credit to user qchto on Reddit for suggesting the video just added at the end of this article.

  • Sum Yung Gai

    AAAAAAAAARGH!

    That video was hysterical. 😀

    And, sadly, apropos in this case…..

  • Colonel Panik

    Does this go to Easter or April Fools?

  • Kirk C Aune

    Please. Enough is a Nuffer.

  • Askfor

    April Fools’ day….

  • Golodh

    The fact that SCO’s lawyers took a lump-sum payment can be found on Groklaw (www.groklaw.net) The site is a treasure house of carefully documented evidence on SCO’s legal antics. It still exists but is no longer updated. That doesn’t matter as the deal to cap Boies Schniller’s fees was done in the past and was covered.

  • thornharp

    What ever happened to my Orbital Anvil Delivery System?

  • Guthrie Bowron

    Good luck. IBM has very deep pockets.