AutoZone Case Is Being Reassigned to a New Judge

Tuesday, March 09 2004 @ 05:31 AM EST

Contributed by: PJ

The SCO v. AutoZone case will be reassigned to a new judge "to avoid the appearance of impropriety." Judge David W. Hagen's order, filed March 5, 2004, is here as PDF.

Normally this tends to mean somebody is related to somebody or the judge owns stock or some such thing and rather than have questions raised about bias, they ask to have the case assigned to another judge. I don't know what the impropriety might seem to be in this matter, but it's normal for a judge to decline to hear a case if there could be an appearance of impropriety.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA

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THE SCO GROUP, INC., a Delaware
corporation,

Plaintiff,

vs.

AUTOZONE, INC., a Nevada
corporation,

Defendant.

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CV-S-04-0237-DWH(LRL)

MINUTES OF THE COURT

March 5, 2004

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PRESENT: HONORABLE DAVID W. HAGEN, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE

Deputy Clerk: MICHAEL J. ZADINA Reporter: NONE APPEARING

Counsel for Plaintiff(s): NONE APPEARING

Counsel for Defendant(s): NONE APPEARING

MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS:

To avoid the appearance of impropriety, this action is submitted to Chief Judge Philip M. Pro for reassignment.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

LANCE S. WILSON, CLERK

By: ______[signature]________
Deputy Clerk

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