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Declaration of Kellie Carlton and '95 Minutes of the Novell Board - as text
Tuesday, November 30 2004 @ 03:54 AM EST

Here is the Declaration of Kellie Carlton as text, offered in support of Novell's Motion to Dismiss. Our thanks to Janne Kalliomäki, who did the transcribing for us.

It is Ms. Carlton's job to maintain the corporate records of the meeting minutes of Novell's Board of Directors. Exhibit A, attached to her Declaration, is a copy of the September 18, 1995 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors of Novell, Inc., with one paragraph highlighted for emphasis.

The minutes describe the sale to SCO as "the sale of a portion of Novell's UNIXWare business to SCO", "Novell's sale of its UNIXWare binary business to SCO", and states "Novell will retain all of its patents, copyrights and trademarks (except for the trademarks UNIX and UnixWare), a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license back to UNIX and UnixWare for internal use and resale in bundled products, Tuxedo and other miscellaneous, unrelated technology." That last is highlighted in a blue box. Judges appreciate having things highlighted or cited precisely, as it makes their jobs easier. Ours too.

I also note that the minutes make reference to "the new merged product", which you will recall Novell's attorney, Michael Jacobs, mentioned to Judge Kimball at the last hearing was the main point of the deal from Novell's standpoint, and he says that the opportunity to develop this merged product is what SCO got from the deal:

"What did they get? Well, what they get, if you go ahead to 4.18, is a provision that says development of a merged product. And it says in the second sentence:

Buyer is going to commercial use with commercially reasonable efforts to complete the merged product.

[4.18 Development of Merged Product. Following the Closing, Buyer shall diligently and vigorously market, sell and promote the Business. In addition, Buyer shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to complete the Merged Product (as such term is defined in the proposed Operating Agreement) by a date not later than December 31, 1997 to be agreed upon by Buyer and Seller. Buyer shall be entitled to modify the specifications of the Merged Product provided that any modification is previously reviewed by the Architecture Board described in Section 3(a) of the proposed Operating Agreement, and (i) does not impact upon the anticipated migration of Seller's Product to the White Box Product (as such term is defined in the proposed Operating Agreement). Notwithstanding the foregoing without the prior written approval of the Architecture Board, Buyer shall not change the specifications of the Merged Product such that the Merged Product will not include the "NetWare Services" specification set forth on Exhibit A of the proposed Operating Agreement.]

"The merged product was basically what this deal was about from Novell's standpoint. What SCO was going to do was enhance some additional kinds of UNIX, some additional UNIX flavors for special kinds of processors or non-special processors, but evolve the UNIX business, evolve UnixWare in particular, and that's the reference there to the merged product."

You will find it interesting to review his point-by-point explanation of the terms, now that we have the minutes of the Board to compare it with. To me, it's a perfect match, and the Board minutes show that he wasn't reaching for an explanation out of the air.

*******************

MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP
Michael A. Jacobs (pro hac vice)
David E. Melaugh (pro hac vice)
Maame A.F. Ewusi-Mensah (pro hac vice)
[address, phone, fax]

ANDERSON & KARRENBERG
Thomas R. Karrenberg, #3726
John P. Mullen, #4097
Heather M. Sneddon, #9520
[address, phone, fax]

Attorneys for Defendant 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.

__________________________

DECLARATION OF KELLIE
CARLTON IN SUPPORT OF
NOVELL, INC.'S MOTION TO
DISMISS

Case No. 2:04CV00139

Judge Dale A. Kimball

__________________________

Kellie Carlton, under penalty of perjury, declares the following:

1. I am responsible for maintaining the records of the meeting minutes of Novell's Board of Directors. I submit this declaration in support of Novell's Motion to Dismiss. The statements made herein are based on my personal knowledge and investigation.

2. Attached as Exhibit A is a true and correct copy of the September 18, 1995 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors of Novell, Inc. A blue box has been added on page 2 to identify the text referenced in Novell's motion papers.

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct.

Executed on this _(5)_ day of November, 2004 in _(Provo, Utah)_.

_[signature]_
Kellie Carlton


CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that on this _8th_ day of November, 2004, I caused a true and correct copy of the foregoing DECLARATION OF KELLIE CARLTON IN SUPPORT OF NOVELL, INC.'S MOTION TO DISMISS to be served via first class mail, postage prepaid, to the following:

Brent O. Hatch
Mark F. James
Mark R. Clements
HATCH JAMES & DODGE, P.C.
(address)

Stephen N. Zack
Mark J. Heise
BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP
(address)

Robert Silver
BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP
(address)

_[signature]_


MINUTES OF THE MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OF NOVELL, INC.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1995

A meeting of the Novell, Inc. Board of Directors was held on Monday, September 18, 1995 commencing at noon Mountain Time. The meeting was held pursuant to a telephone conference call. Seven of the eight Directors were present for the meeting namely: Bob Frankenberg, Jack Messman, Elaine Bond, Larry Sonsini, Alan Ashton, Ian Wilson and John Young. Also present by invitation were David Bradford, Ty Mattingly, and Jeff Turner of Novell.

Mr. Frankenberg chaired the meeting and David Bradford served as secretary for the meeting.

PROPOSED SALE OF UNIXWARE BUSINESS
AND EQUITY INVESTMENT IN SCO

Mr. Bradford and Mr. Frankenberg first confirmed that the Directors present on the call had received the materials regarding several proposed transactions.

Mr. Frankenberg then provided an overview of several business transactions the Company was negotiating with Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SCO) and Hewlett-Packard for the purpose of strengthening UNIX on the Intel Platform. He described one of the key steps in this process as the sale of a portion of Novell's UNIXWare business to SCO. He then described a proposed structure under which Hewlett-Packard would take a leadership position in the development of 64-bit UNIX technology and, under which, Hewlett-Packard would license Novell networking services as a core component of future 64-bit UNIX.

Mr. Frankenberg next described changes in the current competitive landscape which prompted these transactions. Ty Mattingly next outlined the financial impact of Novell's sale of its UNIXWare binary business to SCO. He discussed the impact on employees of Novell's Florham Park facility and the plans to transition a portion of this headcount to SCO and Hewlett-Packard. He then described the shares of SCO stock Novell would be getting in exchange for its UNIXWare business and the future royalty arrangements.

Various questions were then posed by the Directors concerning: possible analyst reactions; impact on employees; impact on Novell's relationship with Microsoft; the ongoing viability of SCO; the impact on Novell's operating expenses; service on the SCO Board; and due diligence that had been conducted to date. Mr. Frankenberg, Mr. Mattingly, and Mr. Bradford responded to the questions and a discussion ensued.

The Directors next discussed various competetive alternatives and concluded that the transaction as structured was justifiable both from a strategic perspective as well as from a financial one. Mr. Bradford and Mr. Sonsini then reviewed the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement between SCO and Novell. Both the financial terms of the transaction were reviewed as well as the non-financial terms including issues of Standstill, Registration rights, Board seats, Rights of First Refusal, employee severance, and what happens in the event of a change of control of either SCO or Novell. The Directors asked a variety of questions concerning the contract terms and suggestions were made to improve the terms of royalty collection from SCO.

Then, upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the following recitations, and resolutions were adopted:

RESOLVED: That the Board of Directors of this corporation (Novell) hereby determines that it is in the best interests of this corporation and its shareholders to enter into an Asset Purchase Agreement with The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SCO).

Pursuant to the Asset Purchase Agreement, Novell will transfer to SCO its UNIX and UnixWare technology assets, a portion of the employee base in New Jersey (approximately 100 of 400 employees), equipment used in UnixWare business, and certain assumed liabilities thereto. Pursuant to the Asset Purchase Agreement, SCO will issue 6.1 million new shares of common stock to Novell. SCO will also collect and pass through to Novell 95% of the SVRX Royalties. Further, SCO will pay to Novell ongoing royalties associated with their future sale of the UNIXWARE technology as more fully set forth in the Asset Purchase Agreement.

Novell will retain all of its patents, copyrights and trademarks (except for the trademarks UNIX and UnixWare), a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license back to UNIX and UnixWare for internal use and resale in bundled products, Tuxedo and other miscellaneous, unrelated technology.

RESOLVED FURTHER: That the following additional terms will be part of the Asset Purchase Agreement between Novell and SCO. Novell will select an individual to be nominated for election to the Board of Directors of SCO. Novell will have the right to maintain its percentage ownership in SCO if SCO issues or sells new shares. Novell will also have a right of first refusal on the sale of SCO to any one of the following companies, or their affiliates, which are: Sun Microsystems; Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard; IBM; Digital; and Fujitsu. Novell will have demand registration rights on SCO shares purchased.

However, Novell will bear the costs of employee severance and will contribute 50% of direct Eiger development cost until such contribution reaches an aggregate of $2.5 million. SCO is committed to shipping the new merged product in 1997, and SCO will support Hewlett-Packard's white box version of UNIX.

RESOLVED FURTHER: That the terms and conditions of the Asset Purchase Agreement as set forth therein are hereby approved, subject to such changes and modifications of a non-material nature as the proper officers of Novell may consider appropriate or necessary.

RESOLVED: That the Board of Directors of this corporation (Novell) hereby determines that it is in the best interests of this corporation and its shareholders to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). The purpose of the MOU is to set forth the current mutual intent of Novell and HP regarding the following: HP handling the development of the 64-bit UNIX and giving the source code to SCO in two years for a shrink-wrapped version; and HP receiving license fees for the 64-bit UNIX once Novell's System V licenses its NetWare Directory Services (NDS) and MiddleWare to HP and SCO.

AMERICA ON LINE BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Mr. Frankenberg then outlined a proposal he received from Steve Case and Alexander Haig from America On Line to join their Board of Directors. Mr. Frankenberg reviewed the pros and cons of such service with the members of the Board. A discussion ensued. It was concluded that Mr. Frankenberg's service on the America On Line Board would have a net positive affect on Novell.

STOCK OPTION GRANT

The Board then considered the grant of stock options to various Novell employees. Then, upon motion duly made, seconded, and unanimously carried, the following resolutions were adopted:

RESOLVED: That Novell, Inc. grant to the employees listed on Exhibit "A" non-qualified stock options of _(470,100)_ shares vesting 25 percent after one year and vesting quarterly thereafter at the rate of 6.25 percent per quarter at an option price of $19.00 per share representing the closing price of the stock as of the last trading date (September 15, 1995) before the date of the Board Meeting; the term of said option is to be 10 years. With all of said options to be issued in accordance with the Novell, Inc. 1991 Stock Plan as amended.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was declared adjourned by Mr. Frankenberg at 1:30 Mountain Time.

Signed: _(signature)_
David R. Bradford - Secretary


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