Allied Lawyers Response Team launches campaign to expose 'scandal of Y2K bugs

A personal injury lawyers' network is mounting a campaign to tackle what it describes as the “scandal of the Year 2000 computer bug”.

The Allied Lawyers Response Team (Alert) launched its Y2K-LAW campaign last week.

The 21-firm network has adapted its technique of grouping together and sharing the cost of legal claims in personal injury cases for use in potential claims against computer manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition to providing a legal audit service of supply and trading agreements, the group is identifying groups within the computer industry that may have liability.

Bird & Bird IT solicitor, Mark O'Conor, said: “It is advisable that organisations dig out contracts covering systems which may be affected by Year 2000 and use them to negotiate with the suppliers.”

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