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Companies relying on AI getting facing legal woes

by on29 May 2023

We did warn you

Cases are starting to appear in courts where companies tried to save money using AI-created research which turned out to be faulty.

We have been warning for some time that companies hoping to save cash using AI for work like translations will be in serious trouble when a court examines those documents. Now it seems a law firm that thought it could save a bob or two by using ChatGPT instead of an office junior has had its knuckles rapped by a judge.

Eugene Volokh's legal blog cites a case where the plaintiff's counsel had submitted a motion to dismiss "replete with citations to non-existent cases. Six of the submitted cases appear to be bogus judicial decisions with bogus quotes and bogus internal citations.

The bogus 'Varghese' decision contains internal citations and quotes, which, in turn, are non-existent."

Apparently, the lawyer was not aware that ChatGPT had "revealed itself to be unreliable," because they had not used it for conducting legal research prior to this occurrence and were unaware of the possibility that its content could be false."

The affidavit adds that the lawyer "greatly regrets having used generative artificial intelligence to supplement the legal research performed herein and will never do so in the future without absolute verification of its authenticity."

"Judge Castel appeared to be unimpressed, and yesterday issued an order ordering the law firm and the second lawyer to show cause why they shouldn't be sanctioned," the blog said.

We expect that there will be many more of these sorts of cases.


Last modified on 29 May 2023
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