Federal and State Court Cases That Invoked the Y2K Act

GGD-00-196R: Published: Sep 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the number of federal and state court cases that invoked the Year 2000 (Y2K) Act and the characteristics of those cases.

GAO noted that: (1) GAO identified 18 cases that invoked the Y2K Act--12 federal and 6 state cases; (2) of the 12 federal cases, 8 had originally been filed in state court and then removed to federal court, 7 had been concluded, and 5 were pending as of the date of the most recent court document received; (3) of the six state cases that invoked the Y2K Act, all had been originally filed in state courts, one had been concluded, and five were pending as of the date of the most recent court document received; (4) three of the state cases had been removed to federal courts, which subsequently returned the cases to state court for final disposition; (5) in the 18 cases GAO identified that invoked the Y2K Act, the defendant first invoked the act's provisions in 15 cases and the plantiff in 3 cases; (6) the act's provisions were principally used to: (a) establish whether the state or federal court had jurisdiction, with defendants in 9 cases requesting that the case be removed to federal court; (b) challenge certain class action aspects of some cases; and (c) use the act's alternative dispute resolution provisions prior to a court action; and (7) other provisions of the act that were invoked included prelitigation notification and pleading requirements; and (8) 13 of the 18 cases raised more than one Y2K Act issue.

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