OCLC‘s leadership, in its recent statement regarding the lawsuit brought against OCLC by bibliographic services company SkyRiver Technology Solutions and library automation company Innovative Interfaces, wrote that the legal process would “likely take months or even years, not days.” Early filings to the California Northern District Court seem to bear this out.
Librarian and consultant Karen Coyle, in a post on her blog Coyle’s InFormation, points out how one filing doesn’t have a hearing date scheduled until October. The filing involves an OCLC motion to transfer proceedings to a federal court in Ohio. Such a move, while not exactly providing a home-court advantage, would seem to be more convenient for OCLC, which is headquartered in Dublin, OH.
Another filing schedules an early step in the process, a case management conference, for January 14, 2011. That’s nearly five months from now, and the filing allows for the conference to be rescheduled and pushed back even further.
Despite the seemingly long schedule, there’s always the possibility that the case could be settled out of court. In another high-profile case in the library world, the Queens Library sued SirsiDynix in July 2009, with the parties eventually settling nine months later.
For now, however, court-watchers appear to be in for a long wait.