‘Robot lawyer’ faces lawsuit for practicing without license

(NewsNation) — The world’s first “robot lawyer” is facing a new lawsuit for practicing without a license.

The app called “DoNotPay” uses artificial intelligence (AI) and claims it can “fight corporations, beat bureaucracy and sue anyone at the press of a button.”

Joshua Browder, a 2018 Thiel fellow, invented DoNotPay. He said he started the company by accident.

The Chicago-based law firm Edelson PC stated in a proposed class action that DoNotPay “is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm.”

Edelson filed the case on behalf of California resident Jonathan Faridian, who said he used DoNotPay to draft demand letters, a small claims court filing and LLC operating agreements and got “substandard and poorly done” results.

Browder responded to the claims via Twitter, saying they have “no merit” and that Faridian has “had dozens of successful consumer rights cases with DoNotPay.”

Browder also said Edelson founder Jay Edelson inspired him “to start DoNotPay.”

“Bad news! Jay Edelson, America’s richest class action lawyer, is suing my startup @DoNotPay in California. Mr Edelson, who has made billions suing companies, is attacking us for “unauthorized practice of law” and seeking a court order ending any A.I. product,” Browder tweeted.

Edelson responded in an email that Browder and DoNotPay are trying to “distract from their misconduct in any way possible” and that “the problem for them is that DoNotPay has scammed so many people.”

The promise of generative artificial intelligence tools for applications such as legal work has gained steam with the rise of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other AI “chatbots” in recent months. DoNotPay generated buzz earlier this year when Browder said on Twitter the company had plans to use an AI chatbot to advise

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