The rapid growth of the computer industry has had a far-reaching impact on business life. As swiftly as the computer industry has changed and grown, so too has the potential for disagreements and disputes involving computer-related issues. Computer disputes, like general business disputes, can be successfully resolved through the arbitration process. Unlike many commercial disagreements, however, the issues in computer disputes may be technically and legally complex and may require that parties be acutely aware of their rights and responsi bilities when entering into the arbitration process.
The term "litigation explosion" has been extensively used by the general public and as journalistic fodder in many articles written about the tendency to solve problems by rushing into court. In August 1987, the National Law journal highlighted the activities of the Center for Public Resources and its success in getting executives of more than 200 major corporations and 400 of their subsidiaries, with revenues representing one-quarter of the gross national product, to sign the Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate Policy Statement, which states:
The term "litigation explosion" has been extensively used by the general public and as journalistic fodder in In the event of a business dispute between our company and another company which has made or will then make a similar statement, we are prepared to explore with that other party resolution of the dispute through negotiation or ADR techn iques before pursuing full-scale litigation.