DoNotPay first rose to fame in 2015, in the form of automatic generator of parking ticket resources. In its first four months of operation, it managed to save almost $4 million for half of the 86,000 users who used the app. In 2019, it also became an automatic canceler (after the first month free) of platform subscriptions.
Until, just a few months ago, he introduced a chatbot service (based on the same technology as ChatGPT) capable of negotiating invoices on behalf of the user. And, a few days later, he searched for the ‘even more difficult’: DoNotPay would pay $1 million to any lawyer who, in front of the US Supreme Court, agrees to use AirPods to repeat their ‘robot lawyer’ argument.
When finally That was scheduled to happen on February 22, DoNotPay’s plan was put on hold after multiple bar associations threatened the company. In the words of its founder Joshua Browder:
“Bad news: After receiving threats from State Bar prosecutors, it seems likely that I will be jailed for 6 months if I insist on bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom. DoNotPay postpones our court case and sticks to [proteger] consumer rights. Unlike all the courtroom drama, these types of cases can be handled online, are simple and unattended.”
Buenos dias! Bad news: after receiving threats from State Bar prosecutors, it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom. DoNotPay is postponing our court case and sticking to consumer rights:
— Joshua Browder (@jbrowder1) January 25, 2023
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You pissed off the lawyers, DoNotPay: their revenge can be terrible
However, in the end Browder may not be free to sit in the defendant’s seat (the good news is that this way no one will stop him from trusting his ‘robot lawyer’ to defend himself): has been accused of practicing law without a license.
And not for his failed attempt to act in court, but for its activities related to consumer rights. In its lawsuit, the Chicago law firm Edelson argues that
“Unfortunately for its clients, DoNotPay is not actually a robot, lawyer, or law firm. DoNotPay does not have a law degree, is not licensed as such in any jurisdiction, and is not supervised by any attorney.”
Although, since DoNotPay’s robot lawyer is based on the technology of ChatGPT, which has already proven to be able to pass the ‘Bar Exam’ (the exam you must pass in the US to be able to practice law), that particular objection might be moot.
The firm represents Jonathan Faridian, a former DoNotPay client who is criticizing DoNotPay for leading him to believe that he had purchased access to legal documents equivalent to those that could be provided by “a competent lawyer”while he finally obtained results that he qualifies as “poor quality”.
Speaking to Business Insider, DoNotPay said it “respectfully denies the false allegations” and added: “We will vigorously defend ourselves”. Shortly after, the company’s CEO, Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, insisted on Twitter that the allegations had “no basis” and, referring to the founder of the plaintiff firm, made it clear that
“DoNotPay You are not going to be intimidated by the richest class action lawyer in the United States“.
Bad news! Jay Edelson, America’s richest class action lawyer, is suing my startup @DoNotPay in California. Mr Edelson, who has made billions of companies, is attacking us for “unauthorized practice of law” and seeking a court order ending any AI product.
Here’s my response: pic.twitter.com/6PvFVW65rB
— Joshua Browder (@jbrowder1) March 9, 2023
Furthermore, he claims that Jay Edelson is an example of why he created DoNotPay in 2015:
“Time after time, the only people who win are the lawyers.. So I wanted to do something about it, develop the DoNotPay robot lawyer to empower consumers to take on corporations on their own.”
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