The SCO Group could be kicked off the Nasdaq stock exchange as early as next week, the Unix vendor and unloved Linux litigant admitted yesterday.

Nasdq informed SCO on Tuesday that "the Company's securities will be delisted from Nasdaq on September 27, 2007, pending an appeal," SCO said in a statement.

This comes as a result of the company's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, SCO said.

SCO has asked for a hearing to appeal the decision, so it may be able to stave off delisting if it can present the Nasdaq's Listing Qualifications Panel - a group of independent industry experts - with a viable business plan, said Wayne Lee, a Nasdaq spokesman.

The delisting notice is merely the latest piece of bad news for the company, stemming from its 10 August <legal defeat by Novell. In a series of rulings, a US judge found that Novell and not SCO owned copyright to the Unix operating system.

In addition to putting SCO in a position where it may have to pay millions of dollars in compensation to Novell, the ruling also undermined SCO's legal battle with IBM, which relates to IBM's support of the Linux operating system.

"As a result of both the Court's August 10, 2007, ruling and the Company's entry into Chapter 11, there is substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a growing concern," SCO said in its most recent US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

SCO's stock, which has the ticker symbol SCOX, has been pounded since the ruling, when it opened at $1.49. On Wednesday it closed at $0.20.