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SCO Ordered To Explain Damages In Novell Suit

A federal judge has given SCO Group 30 days to specify the damages it suffered when Novell publicly challenged SCO's claim that it owned the copyrights to Unix code that allegedly became a part of Linux.

Federal Judge Dale A. Kimball also, on Thursday, denied Novell's motion to dismiss the suit and SCO's motion to move the case to state court.

On the damages ruling, SCO issued a statement Friday, saying: "We look forward to responding to the court's order regarding special damages that have resulted from Novell's actions."

Novell also issued a statement, saying it was pleased that the case would stay in federal court, which the software company argued was the proper venue for addressing copyright issues. Novell, based in Waltham, Mass., also said it was "encouraged" by the judge's order for an amended suit from SCO.

In his ruling, Kimball said SCO had not give the court "any information as to the scope of customer confusion, its lost business, or made any allegations that there, in fact, has been a realized pecuniary loss as a result of Novell's statements."

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