Bankruptcy court gets more and more weird. Today's scheduled hearing in SCO's bankruptcy was cancelled at the last minute. No one told the U.S. Trustee's Office, I gather, since our reporter showed up and so did that office's representative. Meanwhile, the order approving the sale of the patent was approved and signed by the judge.
They should just skip hearings. Why would the public need to know what is going on behind closed doors? Just sign SCO's proposed orders, and let's get this show on the road.
Yes. I'm kidding. There is a notice that a hearing was "cancelled/rescheduled." I have no clue. But if they mean there will be another hearing on this later, it makes no sense, because the order says that there was adequate notice of the motion, and everyone had ample opportunity to be heard, including the U.S. Trustee's Office, that the order is final and immediately effective and no one can argue against it now.
Here are the filings and notices:
Update: We have the document about the hearing cancelled/rescheduled now, and it is about this hearing, and it simply says that the order was signed and no hearing was required. If you open it with a text editor, instead of a PDF viewer, you can see
it was probably created at a quarter to eleven local time:
04/20/2010 - 1112 - Virtual Minutes of: 04/20/2010
Subject: OMNIBUS HEARING.
Proceedings: VACATED: CNO Filed - Order Signed.
(vCal Hearing ID (106018)). (related document(s) 1107 ) (SS) (Entered: 04/20/2010)
04/20/2010 - 1113 - Order (A) Approving The Sale Of The IP Asset Free And Clear Of All Liens, Claims, Interests, And Encumbrances And (B) Granting Related Relief. (related document(s) 1099 ) Order Signed on 4/20/2010. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1) (BMT) (Entered: 04/20/2010)
04/20/2010 - 1114 - HEARING CANCELLED/RESCHEDULED. Amended Notice of Agenda of Matters Scheduled for Hearing. Filed by Edward N. Cahn, Chapter 11 Trustee for The SCO Group, Inc., et al.. (Fatell, Bonnie) (Entered: 04/20/2010)
xap:CreateDate 2010-04-20T10:45:04-04:00 By that time, our reporter was already en route. You can see the same thing in Adobe in Properties:
"Created: 04/20/2010 10:45:04 AM". I think that would mean, since the hearing was at 4 PM, that there was plenty of time to contact the U.S. Trustee's Office. For that matter, there was time to post it so the public didn't drive for 3 hours both ways.
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Here are some more filings, and note that HP is entering the stage:
04/19/2010 - 1109 - Order
Setting Omnibus Hearing Dates. All hearings will be held at US
Bankruptcy Court, 824 Market St., 6th Fl., Courtroom #3, Wilmington,
Delaware (Related document(s) 1108 ). Omnibus Hearings scheduled for
5/17/2010 at 04:00 PM., 6/21/2010 at 03:00 PM., 7/12/2010 at 01:30 PM.,
8/16/2010 at 10:30 AM. Signed on 4/16/2010. (LCN) (Entered: 04/19/2010)
04/19/2010 - 1110 - Certificate of No Objection regarding Motion of the
Chapter 11 Trustee for Order Under 11 U.S.C. Sections 105(a) and 363 and
Fed. R. Bankr. 2002 and 6004 (A) Approving the Sale of the IP Asset Free
and Clear of All Liens, Claims Interests, and Encumbrances Pursuant to
11 U.S.C Section 363 and (B) Granting Related Relief (related
document(s) 1099 ) Filed by Edward N. Cahn, Chapter 11 Trustee for The
SCO Group, Inc., et al.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit) (Fatell, Bonnie)
04/19/2010 - 1111 - Notice of
Appearance Filed by HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY. (Neal, Ramona) (Entered: