The chatbot compiled a selection of precedents that never existed.
Lawyer Steven Schwartz of the New York-based firm Levidow, Levidow & Oberman used the ChatGPT chatbot to create court documents. This became known when it turned out that the chatbot falsified the precedents mentioned in the papers.
Schwartz is working on a lawsuit filed by Roberto Mata, who sued Avianca over an injury allegedly sustained in 2019. Mata accuses the company of negligence, with the help of ChatGPT, Schwartz decided to compile a selection of similar lawsuits and decisions on them.
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The chatbot gave Schwartz a list of claims, and the lawyer used the list without careful verification. But such a check was carried out by Avianca’s lawyers and Judge Kevin Castel, who is considering Mata’s claim; it turned out that at least 6 claims in the document were invented.
In relation to the documents submitted by Schwartz, a check was launched. It turned out that the lawyer was checking the validity of the claims proposed by the bot using ChatGPT itself – simply asking if there really were such claims.
According to Schwartz, this is the first time he has created court documents using a chatbot. The lawyer assures that he simply did not know about the possibility of issuing incorrect information by the bot, and admitted that he had to verify the data provided.
We do not yet know how a lawyer will be punished for providing false information to the court. Schwartz’s hearing will take place on June 8.
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