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Lucent, AT&T face Y2K class action

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New York - The law firm of Beatie and Osborne L.L.P. said it started a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all people and entities that purchased, leased or acquired telecommunications equipment sold by Lucent Technologies and AT&T Corp. that are not year-2000 compliant. The complaint alleges, among other things, that Lucent and AT&T violated consumer protection laws and breached warranties. It seeks damages, repair or replacement with systems that do not have the defect. The lawsuit claims Lucent and AT&T allegedly have known about the year-2000 problem since the 1980s but have continued to sell non-Y2K compliant products without disclosing the defect to their customers. The companies have told their customers that failure to correct the problem will result in telephone system shutdowns and corrupted data after Dec. 31, but in some cases, the Y2K problem can be corrected for $8,000 or more per system. Beatie and Osborne L.L.P. said Lucent and AT&T have filed court papers seeking to dismiss the lawsuit because the proposed class has not yet suffered any damage. (From RCR.)
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