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SCO's Motion to Compel Discovery
Monday, January 12 2004 @ 12:53 PM EST

Here is SCO's Motion to Compel Discovery [PDF]. This is the motion they would like the judge to address next, and which she will address after they have satisfied IBM and the judge that they have been responsive with sufficient specificity to IBM's discovery requests.

Their chief request is for "the source code for all of IBM's versions of UNIX (known as 'AIX'), together with all notes and documentation for the software development methods used in the design and modification process" and the same for Dynix, as well as all IBM contributions to Linux. Note that SCO is saying IBM has notified SCO that they have a list of 7,200 potential witnesses.

As you will see in their supporting Memorandum, which I will post next, this refers to IBM's providing a list of names of employees and former employees who might have had access to relevant code, but IBM pointed out in its response to the SCO request that until SCO tells them what code is at issue, they can't be very specific.

SCO mentions in its Memorandum one person they feel ought to be on the IBM list but was not: Sam Palmisano. For them to mention Palmisano by name indicates to me that SCO has a reason for wanting him listed, but at this point I can't say why SCO feels he is significant, only that it looks to me like they think he is important to their case.

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF UTAH, CENTRAL DIVISION

THE SCO GROUP, INC., a Delaware corporation,

Plaintiff,

vs.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, a New York corporation,

Defendant.

PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH RULE 37(a)(2)(A)

Case No. 2: 03-CV-0294DK

Honorable Dale A. Kimball

Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells


Plaintiff The SCO Group, Inc. (“SCO”), served its First Request for Production of Documents and First Set of Interrogatories on June 24, 2003 . Many of Defendant International Business Machines Corporation's responses have been incomplete or evasive. Therefore, pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 37, SCO respectfully moves this Court for an Order compelling IBM to produce all documents, and respond fully to all interrogatories, as specified in the attached memorandum.

Among other deficiencies, IBM has failed to produce: (1) the source code for all of IBM's versions of UNIX (known as “AIX”), together with all notes and documentation for the software development methods used in the design and modification process; (2) the source code for all of Sequent's version of UNIX (known as “Dynix”), together with all notes and documentation for the software development methods used in the design and modification processes; and (3) all contributions by IBM to Linux. IBM also failed to properly identify the approximately 7,200 potential witnesses it named. As explained in greater detail in the attached memorandum, these requests address relevant, indeed critical, evidence, and their timely and full production is necessary for the orderly progress of discovery in this case.

IBM has responded only partially to requests for documents and information that are completely proper. Since Rule 37 provides, in relevant part, that “an evasive or incomplete disclosure, answer, or response is to be treated as a failure to disclose, answer, or respond,” Fed.R.Civ.P. 37(a)(3), this Court should treat IBM's responses to the attached requests for production and interrogatories as a failure to disclose, answer, or respond and should require IBM to respond fully and without further delay or excuse.

CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH RULE 37(a)(2)(A)

SCO's Counsel Mark J. Heise has tried, repeatedly and in good faith, to reach an accommodation with IBM regarding the attached requests. The parties began to discuss these issues in early September 2003, and, as set forth in greater detail in the accompanying memorandum, engaged in a course of correspondence, emails and telephonic conferences that has continued until October 28, 2003 . Those discussions included, but were not limited to, a lengthy telephone conference between Mr. Heise and Debra Goodstone on behalf of SCO and Todd Shaughnessy and Peter Ligh on behalf of IBM that began on September 18th and continued on September 22, 2003 with most of the same participants. The parties exchanged emails regarding these issues from September 24th through October 1, 2003. Counsel for IBM then wrote a letter to counsel for SCO dated October 10, 2003, defending its responses and continuing what SCO believes are inadequate responses as is more fully addressed in SCO Memorandum accompanying this Motion. Mr. Heise and Ms. Goodstone also spoke with Christine Arena and [sic] attorney for IBM regarding deficiencies related to AIX and Dynix codes and the files of critical witnesses that were not produced. IBM indicated it would supplement, but has failed to do so and SCO believes further discussion will not be fruitful. SCO only brings to this Court those issues it believes have led the parties to an impasse, regarding which no further negotiation will be useful.


DATED this 4th day of November, 2003.

Respectfully submitted,

By: [signature]

HATCH, JAMES & DODGE, P.C.
Brent O. Hatch
Mark F. James

BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER, L.L.P.
Stephen N. Zack
Mark J. Heise

Counsel for Plaintiff/Counterclaim defendant


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