As one lawyer recently discovered, the rapid growth of ChatGPT is reshaping a variety of businesses, including law.
However, the document is at the center of a case to ensure a New York attorney. After it was discovered that Steven Schwartz utilized ChatGPT to prepare an affidavit, he will be subject to fines on June 8 at a hearing. Schwartz is a personal injury attorney with Levidow, Levidow & Oberman.
The statement, which contained many made-up court decisions, was used in a lawsuit involving a passenger who claimed he was injured by a service cart on an Avianca aircraft.
Judge Kevin Castel stated in a ruling that the occurrence presented the court with “an unprecedented circumstance.” Castel claimed that “six of the submitted cases appear to be fabricated judicial decisions with fabricated quotes and fabricated internal citations.” The cases cited in the affidavit could not be located, either to Castel or the airline’s attorney.
Avianca is being represented by Condon & Forsyth attorney Bart Banino, who claims that his company was originally dubious that a chatbot was utilized since it could tell the cases were made up. On Thursday, Schwartz expressed regret to Castel and said that he had never used the AI tool and was not aware that its information might be inaccurate.
Additionally, Shwartz stated that ChatGPT was “a source that has revealed itself to be unreliable.”