Office Depot, one of the biggest retailers of computer products in the US, has settled a year 2000-related lawsuit alleging that Office Depot and other retailers failed to disclose to consumers whether products they purchased were year 2000-compliant. Under the terms of the settlement, Office Depot agreed to take steps to alert current and past customers of the need to determine whether the computer systems it sells are Y2K-compliant. The steps include posting basic Y2K information on the Web and providing that notice to customers who purchase hardware or software.
The settlement is the first in a lawsuit (Johnson v Circuit City) filed in California earlier this year. Other defendants include OfficeMax and CompUSA. The trial is expected to begin in the next quarter.