Silicon Valley software firm SBT Accounting Systems has urged companies to examine their internal systems for Year 2000 compliance after being sued by one of its resellers for the alleged non-compiance of its products.
Reseller Atlaz International filed a law suit against SBT Accounting Systems and its parent Software Business Technologies charging them with breach of warranty, fraud and unfair business practices. It claims that SBT is charging customers to pay upgrade fees for Year 2000 ?defective? versions of its SET Pro Series software.
SBT however insisted that it will ship a free upgrade to all users and suggested that the Atlaz move was a reaction to a law suit filed against it by SBT alleging breach of a reseller licensing agreement. SBT claims that it sold Pro Series software to Atlaz at a discount in 1994 on the understanding that it would be bundled with computerrs, but that instead it is being used by the company itself.
Robert Daviers, SBT chief executive, said he expected to see many more such cases throughout the computer industry. "This is a logical area of opportunity for professional litigators to profit," he commented. ?Law firms whose main business used to be filing shareholder class action suits have been restrained by the reform legislation of 1995. I?m sure that some of these firms will use the Year 200o problem as a publicity and revenue opportunity. The opportunity to profit from the century changeover will be irresistible to some law firms.?
SBT products are distributed by over 300 VARs worldwide.
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