31 Ariz St. L.J. 259 (1999)
Turning Back the Clock on the Millenium Bug: Trigger of Coverage for Year 2000 Claims under CGL Occurrence Policies

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TURNING BACK THE CLOCK ON THE
MILLENNIUM BUG: Trigger of Coverage for
Year 2000 Claims Under CGL Occurrence
Policies
Taylor C. Young*
I. INTRODUCTION
A. The Year 2000 Problem
The Year 2000 Problem (Y2K) is the most anticipated systems crisis in
the history of the computer.' The problem stems from the inability of many
business application software programs to process dates past the year 2000.2
For decades, computer programmers have reduced the four-digit year to its
last two digits in an effort to conserve expensive memory space.3 Computers
programmed to use the mm/dd/yy format generally assume that the first
*    J.D. candidate Arizona State University College of Law, 2000; B.F.A. Maryland
Institute, College of Art, 1992. For their helpful criticism and valuable insights, I wish to thank
Professor Michael Berch and journal editors Jeffrey Kilmark and Mel Faraoni. I am grateful to the
Y2K Taskforce members of O'Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Killingsworth, & Beshears, P.A., for
the initial exposure to this topic. This Comment is dedicated to Julie, Hannah, and Jackson, whose
support made it possible.
1.   Other computer crises do come to mind, such as the Michaelangelo virus which occurred
on March 6, 1993. However, it is clear that no single programming problem has commanded the
attention and resources that government and business have devoted to Y2K.
2.   See Jeff Jinnett, Legal Issues Concerning the Year 2000 Computer Problem, in
UNDERSTANDING, PREVENTING AND LITIGATING YEAR 2000 ISSUES: WHAT EVERY LAWYER
NEEDS TO KNOW Now 103, 105 (PLI Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, & Literary Property
Course Handbook Series No. G-506, 1998) [hereinafter LITIGATING YEAR 2000 No. G-506].
3.   See MICHAEL S. HYATT, THE MILLENNIUM BUG: HOW TO SURVIVE THE COMING
CHAOS 5-6 (1998) (noting that the code for many of these programs was initially written in the late
1960's).

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