If you haven’t heard, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax had a massive data breach this past week. Comprising 143 million people’s social security numbers, drivers licenses, etc., the leak has exposed roughly 44 percent of the US population to possible identity fraud. Luckily for those affected though, someone has written a chatbot that will let you automatically sue the company for $15,000 in small claims court.
Created by Joshua Bowder, the bot is his second foray into the creation of lawyer-bots. His previous bot was developed to help people fight parking tickets, and as of a year ago, it had managed to successfully contest 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York. This help from his bot has added up to roughly $4 million in avoided fines over a 21 month period, all of which was freely and properly contested by the now twenty-one-year-old’s automated program.
Speaking to The Verge, Bowder stated that he “hope(s) that my product will replace lawyers, and, with enough success, bankrupt Equifax.” Even if we disregard the already mounting class action lawsuit, if 10% of those affected by the leak bring Equifax to small claims court, the company potentially faces $214 billion in damages. Not too shabby for a bot.
The bot doesn’t do it all though, as it simply automates the filling out of legal forms for those wishing to sue. Potentially litigants will still need to serve the forms and show up to an eventual court date. Still though, chatting with the bot via your internet browser is a fairly simple way to get the eight pages of lawsuit documentation generated for you. Who knows, maybe this is the way all lawsuits of the future will be fought. Just have a chat with a friendly lawyer bot and you’ll be in the money in no time.
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Source: The Verge