Recently a Year 2000 commentator who had warned of the dangers of the computer glitch as far back as 1984, stated that he plans to make himself available to testify as an expert witness that the problem was “preventable.” Other “computer experts” are salivating at the prospect of retiring on the fees to be made opining about when the computer industry, and companies in general, should have first recognized and taken action to prevent the looming computer crisis.

If Y2K litigation explodes, the services of these experts will likely be in demand. What companies that develop computer technology and companies that rely on computer technology knew about the problem, when they knew it, and what they did about it will be central to determining who has to pay for the millennium bug.

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