There's a new magistrate judge for the AutoZone case. Here's the notice [PDF] from the court.
It seems there was a kind of random drawing, and the Honorable George W. Foley, Jr. got the short straw or something, and so he gets the AutoZone case from this day forward. Just kidding. There was a random drawing to create a caseload for this judge, and SCO ends up on his table. He's a Magistrate Judge, the equivalent of Judge Brooke Wells in the SCO v. IBM case. So, should SCO's dreams ever come true, in some alternate universe, and this case is resurrected from the dead, I assume that Judge Robert Jones will still be the judge for the real deal, the equivalent of Judge Kimball.
And at that point, if AutoZone asks again to transfer East, as I expect they will, there will be another reason to say that Nevada can handle the case fine, that there is no judicial overload. You'll remember Judge Jones indicated that at the first hearing, that their case load was down, and now they've got some new judges, so any backlog will presumably be dealt with.
Here's a bit about him and what's happening from the Clark County Bar Association:
George W. Foley, Jr. to fill newly-created United States Magistrate Judge position
On May 18, 2005, Chief United States District Judge Philip M. Pro announced that George W. Foley, Jr., has been selected by the district judges of the court to fill the newly-created United States Magistrate Judge position recently funded by Congress for the District of Nevada.
Mr. Foley, age 51, is a graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He began his career in partnership with his father, George Foley, Sr., in 1980 and has been a partner with the law firm of Pearson, Patton, Shea, Foley & Kurtz since 1986. Mr. Foley has served as member of the State Bar of Nevada Southern Disciplinary Board and the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices, and is currently a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners.
United States Magistrate Judges perform a wide variety of judicial duties in civil and criminal cases on behalf of the United States District Court, and serve for a term of eight years. It is anticipated that following a required background investigation, Mr. Foley will assume office at Las Vegas in approximately 60-90 days.
The court has the same announcement and he's now listed on their page of judges.