My Very Own Motion, Tra La - as text
by Pamela Jones
April 05 2007Here it is [ http://www.groklaw.net/pdf/IBM-1018.pdf ], as text, mainly so we can start a new article. I don't know how many comments Geeklog can take without falling down, so let's continue here. You can look to the previous article [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20070403233141649 ] for the exhibits. We have added links and corrected one of them that SCO had wrong, but other than that this is SCO's piece of work.
Let me reiterate: No one came to serve me that I ever knew about. SCO claims that I left on vacation to avoid service. That is false. When I took my health break from Groklaw, I didn't go away on a vacation. I just went to bed and went offline to rest. That made me *easier* to serve. That isn't the only thing SCO got wrong. In due time, I'll tell you the rest of the story.
Meanwhile, may I remind you that SCO has a history [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060201035218610 ] in this litigation of claiming it has subpoenaed folks? Here's [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060208222553118 ] where Intel told the court SCO was not being truthful with the court regarding a subpoena (document as text [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060210160251794 ]). And here's the Oracle fiasco [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060205142052312 ]. SCO's motion to depose was denied [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060224192617648 ] (hearing transcript [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060419033218968 ]).
To quote the quotable Linus Torvalds, who is also not a front for IBM or a committee of IBM lawyers, but who explained SCO's litigation claims [ http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=82 ] for us in a nutshell back in 2003:
"I allege that SCO is full of it."
That says it all.
Brent O. Hatch (5715)
Mark F. James (5295)
HATCH, JAMES & DODGE, PC
[address, phone, fax]
Robert Silver (admitted pro hac vice)
Edward Normand (admitted pro hac vice)
[address, phone, fax]
Devan V. Padmanabhan (admitted pro hac vice)
DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP
[address, phone, fax]
Stephen N. Zack (admitted pro hac vice)
BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP
[address, phone, fax]
Stuart Singer (admitted pro hac vice)
BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP
[address, phone fax]
Attorneys for Plaintiff, The SCO Group, Inc.
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
THE SCO GROUP, INC.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION,
SCO'S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
OF ITS MOTION TO DEEM A
DEPOSITION IN RELATED
LITIGATION TO BE A DEPOSITION
TAKEN IN THIS CASE AS WELL
FILED IN REDACTED FORM
[ORIGINALLY FILED UNDER SEAL]
Case No. 2:03CV0294DAK
Honorable Dale A. Kimball
Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells
Plaintiff, The SCO Group, Inc., respectfully submits this Memorandum in Support of Its Motion to Deem a Prospective Third-Party Deposition in Related Litigation to be a Deposition Taken in This Case as Well.
In the SCO v. Novell litigation, by agreement of the parties, SCO has until May 31, 2007, in which to serve a subpoena on and take the deposition of non-party witness Pamela Jones. The prospective deposition of Ms. Jones bears on this litigation as well. Accordingly, SCO asks the Court to deem Ms. Jones's deposition to be one taken in this case, providing notice of the deposition to IBM and an opportunity to participate if the company so chooses.
Ms. Jones is the self-proclaimed operator of an internet website known as "Groklaw" (www.groklaw.net). Ms. Jones claims to have copyrighted and to maintain Groklaw personally. (PR Newswire, http://www.prnewswire.com/ cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/ 02-04-2004/0002102965&EDATE= (Feb. 4, 2004) (quoting Pamela Jones: "Groklaw is my own...") (Ex. 1).) Through the website, Ms. Jones has reported extensively on and repeatedly disseminated Novell's claims of ownership of the UNIX copyrights, as well as generally addressed SCO's disputes with Novell and IBM since the inception of those lawsuits. The content and commentary of the website (and other evidence) show that Ms. Jones is not an objective commentator, but rather a vehicle through which opponents of SCO have conducted their case against SCO in the court of public opinion, where no gate-keeper monitors the reliability of content.
SCO has sought to depose Ms. Jones to address, among other things, her participation in Novell's and IBM's conduct toward SCO and the content of her website relating to SCO. The notice given to IBM of the prospective deposition by virtue of SCO's instant Motion is more than sufficient,
because SCO has not yet served Ms. Jones with a subpoena for her deposition. Obviously aware of SCO's designs to depose her, Ms. Jones has neither accepted service of the subpoena nor agreed to appear for deposition, but rather appears to have fled and evaded service of the subpoena. Ms. Jones's reluctance to appear for deposition in this matter is better understood in the context of certain relevant evidence. Indeed, SCO has obtained evidence through discovery of Ms. Jones's allegiance and financial connection to Novell and IBM, which underscores her motivation to avoid having to testify in this matter.
On January 30, 2007, SCO's counsel issued a subpoena in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, compelling Ms. Jones to appear for a deposition on February 21, 2007. Since that time, a process server has repeatedly sought to locate and personally serve Ms. Jones with the subpoena, without success.
Confirming her obvious efforts to avoid the subpoena, Ms. Jones announced on her website on February 10, 2007, that she would be taking a vacation. (Health Break, http://www.groklaw.net/ article.php?story=2007021013564542 (Feb. 10, 2007, 13:56 EST) (Ex. 2).) Industry reporters immediately recognized that SCO's subpoena had precipitated Ms. Jones's leave of absence; postings to that effect even appeared on her own website. (See, e.g., Dan Goodin, SCO Bloodhounds Search for Groklaw Author, The Register, Feb 15, 2007, http://www.theregister.co.uk/ 2007/02/15/sco_foe/print.html
(Ex. 3); Posting of John Murrell, Where (and for that matter, who) is Pamela Jones?, Good Morning Silicon Valley, Feb. 14, 2007, http://blogs.siliconvalley.com/gmsv/2007/02/where_and_for_t.html (Ex. 4).) Similarly, postings on the Linux-Watch Forum, a website dedicated to "keeping an eye on the penguin," extensively discussed SCO's subpoena for Ms. Jones; her refusal to accept service; and SCO's approaching deadline for effectuating service. (Yes, There is a PJ, http://www.linux-watch.com/ cgi-bin/board/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=talkbacks&Post= 239&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session= (Feb. 16, 2007, 03:01:06) (Ex. 5).)
Ms. Jones’s efforts to evade service and her leave of absence support the long-held view of industry commentators, for example, that Ms. Jones is connected to IBM's and Novell's arguments not simply by the commonality of their expressed opinions of SCO's claims, but also by financial ties. (See, e.g., Goodin, supra.) Additional evidence coaffims those financial ties. Although counsel for IBM denied on February 12, 2004, that IBM was "causing" any third party, "through funding or otherwise, to make statements on its behalf about the litigation" (Ex. 6), documents exchanged in discovery and other sources demonstrate that Groklaw
.1 Novell was also a "platinum" member of the OSDL (http://groups.linux-foundation.org/ osdl_members/americas_roster (Ex. 8), and retains that status
since the OSDL merged with the Free Standards Group to create "The Linux Foundation") (http:// www.linux-foundation.org/en/Members (Ex. 9)).
Indeed, Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Lyons recently reported on his website ("Floating Point") that, according to his sources, OSDL paid "$40,000 to $50,000" to Groklaw between late 2005 and early 2006. (OSDL Payments to Groklaw?, http://floatingpoint.wordpress.com/ (Mar. 27, 2007) (Ex. 13).) In response to an inquiry from Mr. Lyons regarding the foregoing issues, IBM did not deny its knowledge of such payments, or of OSDL's intent to use monies received from IBM towards supporting Groklaw; nor did IBM deny that it knew the payments would in fact be made to Grokiaw, nor that IBM expected such payments to support the consistent and strident anti-SCO message that Groklaw was communicating to the world. Instead, IBM said only: "IBM does not have any agreements or arrangements with Groklaw or Pamela Jones. IBM, like many other companies, has provided funding to OSDL in the past, and you would have to contact them about how that funding was disbursed." (Id.) Given that Mr. Mauri of IBM was the Chairman of the OSDL during the relevant time frame, IBM's statement
rings hollow, to say the least. In addition, Novell has had a representative on the OSDL/The Linux Group Board of Directors since 2003. (http://lwn.net/Articles/62243/ (Ex. 14).) Former Novell executive Chris Stone, who worked with the OSDL for Novell in 2003 and 2004, admits in Mr. Lyons's piece that "paying money to Groklaw 'would not have been a good thing for OSDL. OSDL was meant to be above the fray, not investing in groups or web sites.'" (Ex. 13.)
In addition to funneling money to Groklaw through the OSDL, moreover, IBM contributes to the site's internet host. Groklaw.net receives free internet hosting from ibiblio (http:// www.ibiblio.org), an academic research project, to which IBM is a major contributor. (See Paul McDougall, IBM Helps Fund Web Hosting For Anti-SCO Site Groklaw, Informationweek, http://informationweek.com/ story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=198100504, Mar. 21, 2007 (Ex. 15).) In fact, most of the servers on which Groklaw.net and other ibiblio publications run are hosted on IBM-donated servers. (http://www.ibiblio.org/systems/ hardware-details.html) ("This is a breakdown of the production hardware behind ibiblio.org. Almost all of the IBM hardware was given by IBM in the form of grant funding." (Ex. 16).) IBM's support of ibiblio is, according to the project's director, continuing in nature.
Other evidence supports the conclusion that SCO's opponents in litigation have been feeding information to Ms. Jones for publication on Groklaw. On August 16, 2004, for example, Ms. Jones posted for review on her website "IBM's Redacted Memorandum in Support of Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Breach of Contract Claims." (IBM Goes for the Jugular -- Files Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Contract Claims! [ http://www.groklaw.net/article/php?story=20040816111607708 ], (Ex. 17).) The memorandum that Groklaw posted was file-stamped (Ex. 18), but was not the publicly available version. That version was stamped "232" (Ex. 19) and entered
into the Docket two days later, on August 18, 2004 (Ex. 20). The memorandum entered into the Docket would not even have been available for public use until it was so entered. Only IBM would have had access to another file-stamped copy of the brief -- that is, the one they had file-stamped by the Clerk and then kept for IBM's own uses. (Compare Ex. 18 (the memorandum posted on Groklaw) with Ex. 19 (the publicly available version of the memorandum).) In other words, the evidence shows that the brief Ms. Jones posted on her website was not obtained from the Court, but rather from IBM.
The same appears to be true of earlier IBM filings. On March 26, 2004, for example, IBM filed its "Unopposed Motion for Leave to File Amended Counterclaims." (Ex. 21.) The memorandum that Grokiaw posted, at Ex. 22, was not file-stamped at all. (http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story= 20040330184527522 (Ex. 23).) Groklaw therefore did not obtain the copy of the filing that it posted from the Court. Instead, Groklaw must have obtained a copy of the filing from one of the parties, and it was not SCO.
The foregoing evidence establishes that Ms. Jones's testimony is relevant in both the SCO v. IBM and SCO v. Novell litigations. SCO seeks the instant relief generally to preclude any later argument that the content of Ms. Jones's prospective testimony was taken outside of the SCO v. IBM litigation, and thus any later argument that the testimony therefore is presumptively irrelevant. SCO further submits that, specifically, the notice of the prospective deposition of Ms. Jones provided to IBM hereunder satisfies the introductory language to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 32(a). That language states:
(a) Use of Depositions. At the trial or upon the hearing of a motion or an interlocutory proceeding, any part or all of a deposition, so
far as admissible under the rules of evidence applied as though the witness were then present and testifying, may be used against any party who was present or represented at the taking of the deposition or who had reasonable notice thereof, in accordance with any of the following provisions:
Without debating now the admissibility of any testimony that Ms. Jones may give at deposition, SCO plainly satisfies the foregoing language if IBM is represented at the deposition, which it would be if the depositions were deemed taken in SCO v. IBM. In addition, this Motion has given IBM "reasonable notice" of the prospective deposition. (SCO of course will copy counsel for IBM on any further notice of the particular time and place of the deposition.)
SCO seeks the instant relief now, rather than after service on Ms. Jones and the scheduling of a specific time and place for her deposition, in order to avoid any argument from IBM that the company lacked notice of the deposition or was not given an opportunity to represent itself at the deposition. With respect to the relevance of the instant notice give to IBM, SCO will continue to make every effort to timely serve and depose Ms. Jones, and indeed may need to pursue alternative means of service with the Court, consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 provides in relevant part: "Service of a subpoena upon a person named therein shall be made by delivering a copy thereof to such person." Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(b)(1). "Such language 'neither requires in-hand service nor prohibits alternative means of service." W. Resources, Inc. v. Union Pac. Raifroad Co., No. .00-2043-CM 2002 WL 1822432, at *2 (D. Kan. July 23, 2002) (Ex. A) (quoting King v. Crown Plastering Corp., 170 F.R.D. 355, 356 (E.D.N.Y. 1997)); Cordius Trust v. Kummerfeld, No. 99 CIV 3200(DLC), 2000 WL 10268, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) (Ex. B) (granting application for alternative service by certified mail). Although the Tenth Circuit does not appear to have addressed the issue, other courts have held that Rule 45 does
not require "personal service," but rather, Rule 45 is satisfied so long as "the manner of service is reasonably calculated to provide timely notice." Green v. Baca, No. CV02-204744, 2005 WL 283361, at *1 n.1 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 31, 2005) (Ex. C) (rejecting challenge to service of subpoena that was served by leaving copies at witnesses' offices).
Where, as here, a witness has knowledge of a party's efforts to serve a subpoena and attempts to evade such service, Rule 45 "should not be construed as a shield." W. Resources, 2002 WL 1822432, at *2 (finding Rule 45 satisfied where plaintiff left a copy of the subpoena in witness's mailbox and delivered a copy via Fed Ex); see also First Nationwide Bank v. Shur, 184 B.R. 640, 643 n.2 (E.D.N.Y. 1995) (noting "that the difficulty in service is often occasioned by the intended recipient's knowledge of the contents of the subpoena coupled with a conscious effort to avoid its effect. Why should one seeking to frustrate the legitimate ends of a judicial procedure be given greater deference than the minimum demanded by due process?").
The evidence detailed above demonstrates that Ms. Jones has actual notice of SCO's intention to serve her with a subpoena. Not only has it been widely reported in industry articles, but it has been discussed on Ms. Jones's website, which is dedicated to following these legal proceedings. Groklaw is copyrighted and maintained by Ms. Jones personally. Similarly, postings on the Linux-Watch Forum, a website dedicated to "keeping an eye on the penguin," extensively discussed SCO's subpoena for Ms. Jones; her refusal to accept service; and SCO's then-approaching deadline for effectuating service.
SCO respectfully requests, for the foregoing reasons that the Court deem the prospective deposition of third party Pamela Jones to be taken in this case as well as in the related SCO v. Novell litigation.
DATED this 2nd day of April, 2007.
HATCH, JAMES & DODGE, P.C.
Brent 0. Hatch
Mark F. James
BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP
Stuart H. Singer
Stephen N. Zack
DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP
Devan V. Padmanabhan
Counsel for The SCO Group, Inc.
By: [Signature of Mark F. James]
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Plaintiff, The SCO Group, Inc., hereby certifies that a true and correct copy of the foregoing SCO's Memorandum in Support of Its Motion to Deem a Prospective Third-Party Deposition in Related Litigation to Be a Deposition Taken in This Case as Well, in redacted form, was served on Defendant/Counterclaim-Plaintiff, International Business Machines Corporation, on this 2nd day of April, 2007, via CM/ECF to the following:
David Marriott, Esq. (email)
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Todd Shaughnessy, Esq. (email)
Snell & Wilmer LLP
/s/ Edward Normand
01:23 PM EDT
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