“The Computer Did It” Is NOT a Legal Defense, At Least In Bankruptcy Court

Ever had an idiotic business tell you: “Not our fault – the computer did it? ” Say, for example, maybe an irresponsible company such as CapitalOne?

A federal bankruptcy judge recently ruled that “the computer did it” is NOT a legal defense to a charge of violating the automatic stay rule. That outcome of course should be obvious, and indeed the court trenchantly observed that companies are indeed responsible for things flowing out of their  computers.

A hat tip to Weil’s bankruptcy blog for covering the topic in a November 12, 2014 post, including a fine touch of  humor.

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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