A DoNotPay bot lawyer has been sued by a law firm, the reason being that he ‘has no law degree’.
DoNotPay, which uses artificial intelligence to provide legal services, is facing the proposed class action lawsuit.
The complaint also alleges that a DoNotPay bot was practicing law poorly and lacking a license.
DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder has vowed, according to businessinsider, to fight the lawsuit, which he said has “no merit.”
DoNotPay, a robot lawyer, has been accused of practicing law without a license.
The lawsuit was filed by Chicago-based law firm Edelson on March 3 and posted Thursday on the website of the California State Superior Court for San Francisco County.
As the complaint says: “Unfortunately for its customers, DoNotPay is not actually a robot or a lawyer or law firm.”
“DoNotPay has no law degree, is not prohibited in any jurisdiction, and is not supervised by any attorney.”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jonathan Friedan, who said he used DoNotPay to draft various legal documents including letters of demand, a small claims court filing, and an employment discrimination complaint.
DoNotPay claims to use artificial intelligence to help customers handle a range of legal services without the need for a lawyer.
It was founded in 2015 as an app to help customers fight parking tickets, but it has since expanded its services.
DoNotPay also claims it can help customers fight corporations, cut through bureaucracy, find hidden funds, and “sue anyone”.
“We respectfully deny false claims,” DoNotPay told Insider. “We will defend ourselves vigorously,” she added.
Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, said on Twitter that the allegations were “baseless” and vowed to fight the lawsuit.
He said DoNotPay “will not be bullied by America’s richest class action attorney,” referring to Edelson founder Jay Edelson.
Browder also added that he was inspired to create DoNotPay in 2015 to take on attorneys like Edelson.
“Time and time again, the only people who win are the lawyers. So I wanted to do something about it, building the DoNotPay bot lawyer to enable consumers to deal with businesses on their own,” he said.
“We understood when we sued that Josh and DoNotPay would try to deflect attention from their misconduct in any way they could. They attacked our customer and now they attack me,” Jay Edelson told Insider.
DoNotPay attracted attention earlier this year after Browder said it planned to use its artificial intelligence chatbot to advise a defendant facing traffic court. That plan was shelved after Browder said he had received “threats from the Bar Association” and feared jail time.