November 6, 2003 11:31 AM PST
SCO lawyers promised settlement payday
In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, SCO reported that it is finalizing
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Although SCO did not name its law firm in the SEC filing, its lead firm is New York's Boies Schiller & Flexner, with David Boies, best known for his role in the Microsoft federal antitrust case. Neither SCO nor the law firm could be reached for comment on the agreement.
SCO said in May that Boies' firm was paid on a contingency basis--in which attorneys are compensated with a fraction of the money won in a suit--but didn't detail the arrangement.
SCO has become the center of a large-scale controversy after suing IBM for unauthorized use of the Unix source code in Linux-based software. SCO owns some key intellectual-property rights for Unix. The SCO Group's lawsuit against IBM also targets the General Public License--the legal foundation for Linux, numerous other open-source programming projects and even for software that SCO itself still ships. However, IBM has countersued, and Linux seller Red Hat has also sued SCO in an attempt to lay the matter to rest.
Despite the ongoing debate, SCO has been able to generate interest from investors. In mid-October the company announced a $50 million investment by BayStar. At that time, SCO said it would use the funding primarily to boost its software-development efforts and to help pay legal and licensing program costs.