'Robot lawyer' DoNotPay reaches settlement in suit alleging it's neither robot nor lawyer

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“Robot lawyer” DoNotPay has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that the website engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and provided substandard legal services.

The settlement in principle was revealed in a status update filed June 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Reuters reports. No details were available.

The DoNotPay legal chatbot was founded in 2015 to help people fight traffic tickets, but it later expanded to help people with other legal matters. Its founder, Joshua Browder, is a 2017 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.

The suit noted that DoNotPay had once claimed to be the “world’s first robot lawyer.”

“Unfortunately for its customers,” the suit said, “DoNotPay is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm.”

The plaintiff, Jonathan Faridian, had alleged that he used DoNotPay to write several legal documents, but he couldn’t use some of them because they were “poorly or inaccurately drafted.”

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Inside the claims against DoNotPay’s Joshua Browder and the ‘World’s First Robot Lawyer’

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