Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2007 21:36 UTC, submitted by dylansmrjones
SCO, Caldera, Unixware Yahoo reports that SCO has filed [.pdf] for bankruptcy in order to protect assets. "The SCO Group today announced that it filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. SCO's subsidiary, SCO Operations, Inc., has also filed a petition for reorganization. The Board of Directors of The SCO Group have unanimously determined that Chapter 11 reorganization is in the best long-term interest of SCO and its subsidiaries, as well as its customers, shareholders, and employees." Groklaw has a story on it, too.
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RE[4]: Wrong chapter
by sbergman27 on Sat 15th Sep 2007 15:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wrong chapter"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

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The only issue left was to determine how much SCO owes Novell from the money they withheld from licencing fees they got from Sun. Microsoft, etc.
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Which, if I understand correctly, must now be the primary issue that the bankruptcy court will need to see determined. How can the bankruptcy proceedings go forward until it is determined just how large SCOX's largest debt actually is?

And of course it is a delaying tactic. That's what bankruptcy *is*. No matter who files for it. And it's standard practice when one is backed up against a wall, financially.

People who are painting this as some brilliant legal tactic are giving SCO far to much credit.

FUD-time is over, you see. And this is all about SCOX making whatever desperate gambits they are able, to try to salvage what they can out of the burning wreckage that's left since Judge Kimball firebombed their building in August.

Edited 2007-09-15 15:36

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RE[5]: Wrong chapter
by Geoff Gigg on Sat 15th Sep 2007 17:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Wrong chapter"
Geoff Gigg Member since:
2006-01-21

Check Groklaw. The trial won't go ahead until the bankruptcy is concluded. Ergo the bankruptcy can't properly include SCO's obligations to Novell because it hasn't been adjudicated. It's a Catch-22 that allows SCO to continue as long as they can keep the bankruptcy in place. Given the state of their business, that could be a long time.

Note that their to-be-determined obligations to Novell are not on list of 20 largest unsecured creditors or list of debts. It just doesn't exist in legal reality yet.

I don't know what sort of miracle they might be expecting in order to use the time this gives them - perhaps an appeal of the August 10 ruling to a higher, more favourable court.

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RE[6]: Wrong chapter
by sbergman27 on Sat 15th Sep 2007 19:11 in reply to "RE[5]: Wrong chapter"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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Check Groklaw.
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Could you cite a reliable legal source? I'm not certain how a bitter and grudge-holding paralegal on a vendetta ever achieved the status of the community's Oracle of Delphi. A paralegal, and in particular, an openly hostile and biased one, is just as much "not a lawyer" as the rest of us. Let me know if and when she ever passes the Bar.

That SCO owes Novell money has already been decided. The actual amount owed was never within the scope of these proceedings. The fact that SCO fails to mention it in their filing does not make it go away. The bankruptcy court will not turn a blind eye to it. That court has a solemn responsibility to *all* of SCO's creditors over the course of their bankruptcy.

As to a SCO appeal to a more favorable court... it's hard to imagine a more favorable court than was Judge Kimball's. Kimball and Wells went to great lengths to give SCO every opportunity to make some sort of case. They showed a patience with SCO which went far beyond what SCO might have expected from some other judges.

It would be astounding if that was *not* the first thing that any judge reviewing the case, on appeal, would notice.

IANAL, of course. ;-)

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