Nebraska Moves Y2K Litigation Bill

The Nebraska Legislature this week advanced a bill that would shield agencies targeted in Year 2000 lawsuits by curbing the damages plaintiffs would be able to collect. Nebraska's LB 661 states that only actual -- not "consequential" -- damages may be collected from litigation surrounding system failures related to the millennium date change.

The legislation, available at www.unicam.state.ne.us, moved through a second round of debate this week and likely will be taken up for a third and final time next week. Nebraska's unicameral legislature will break Thursday for the year, so lawmakers must approve such legislation in order to beat any Year 2000 glitches that may occur.

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