WSJ.com - H-P Moves to Protect Clients Against Potential Linux Suits "Martin Fink, H-P's vice president for Linux, said the company considered a countersuit against SCO, but ultimately decided to guarantee indemnification for its customers against any SCO legal action instead. "Countersuits just raise more of a legal cloud," said Mr. Fink, though he declined to rule out filing a countersuit in the future.
By indemnifying its Linux customers, of which H-P has "tens of thousands," Mr. Fink said H-P will take over any litigation and defend against any claims on behalf of its clients. He added that this will apply to any customer that has acquired Linux on an H-P server or workstation as of Oct. 1.
If SCO proceeds with legal actions against H-P's Linux customers, that could potentially run up a hefty legal bill for H-P. Mr. Fink said H-P "is in a position to take that risk." He declined to comment on the costs H-P might incur in the process."