Thursday, February 16, 2023

More fallout regarding the series of articles on the DoNotPay saga

I have been following the story of DoNotPay, a company that at one point offered a million dollars to anyone who’d let its chatbot argue a case at the Supreme Court.  If you don't know what I am talking about go read my posts here and here, and follow the links to the original sources.  

If you do know what I am talking about, you know that through a series of articles, Kathryn Tewson, has been criticizing DoNotPay's claims that it can use its AI to provide legal services and eventually the company's CEO Joshua Browder announced it was not going to continue providing legal services after all.

Commenting on the articles and the "back and forth" between Tewson, Browder and others, an article in Above the Law stated that "[t]here is some disagreement at ATL was to whether DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder is an obnoxious charlatan or a pioneering entrepreneur providing a good service for the underserved. Time will tell."

Fast forward to today, when it is now clear (as if it wasn't already) that Tewson is in the camp that thinks Browder is a charlatan.  

As reported in TechDirt, a couple of days ago, Tewson filed a petition with the NY Supreme Court asking for an order for Browder and DoNotPay to preserve evidence, while also seeking pre-action discovery, as she plans to file a consumer rights suit, arguing that DoNotPay is fundamentally a fraud. The petition lays out that DoNotPay is advertising a bunch of legal services that there is little indication it can actually provide, and calls out the similarities to Theranos.

For more details on this new development in the story, go read the article at TechDirt.

UPDATE 10-21-23

I have posted multiple times on this story.  In order:  January 29February 14February 16March 4March 10March 17 and October 21.

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