Lawyer regrets using ChatGPT in court

An attorney from New York has received criticism for using ChatGPT for legal research in a lawsuit against a Colombian airline. Steven Schwartz, an attorney at the law firm Levidow, Levidow & Oberman, was hired by Robert Mata to pursue a claim for injury against Avianca Airlines. Mata claims that he sustained an injury from a serving cart during his flight with the airline in 2019, according to a report from CNN Business on May 28.

However, after a judge noticed inconsistencies and factual errors in the case documentation, Schwartz admitted to using ChatGPT for his legal research in a sworn affidavit on May 24. He claims that this was his first time using ChatGPT for legal research and “was unaware of the possibility that its content could be false.”

In an April 5 court filing, the presiding judge stated:

“Six of the submitted cases appear to be bogus judicial decisions with bogus quotes and bogus internal citations.”

The judge further claimed that certain cases referenced in the submissions did not exist, and there was an instance where a docket number on a filing was mixed up with another court filing.

Schwartz said he also regrets having trusted the artificial chatbot without conducting his own due diligence. The affidavit noted:

“[Schwartz] greatly regrets having utilized generative artificial intelligence to supplement the legal research performed herein and will never do so in the future without absolute verification of its authenticity.”

Recently, there has been a debate regarding the extent to which ChatGPT can be integrated into workforces. However, reports indicate that the intelligence levels of ChatGPT are rapidly advancing. But developers are skeptical about whether it has the potential to replace humans altogether.

Blockchain developer Syed Ghazanfer said while he favors ChatGPT, he is doubtful that it has the communication skills to completely replace human workers. “For it to replace you, you have to communicate requirements which are not possible in native English. That’s why we invented programming languages,” he said.

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