ChatGPT Nonexistent Case Leads to Second Circuit Court of Appeals Disciplinary Referral


Alan S. Wernick covered a disciplinary referral made in a Second Circuit Court of Appeals case involving an attorney’s ChatGPT usage in a recent article in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today, Month-In-Brief: Internet Law & Cyber-Security.

After the judge could not locate a court case cited in a brief submitted by the plaintiff’s lawyer, the lawyer admitted that she turned to ChatGPT after “considerable” conventional research failed to turn up a case supporting her argument. The lawyer asserted that ChatGPT had previously provided her with reliable information. Still, the judge concluded that the lawyer had made no effort to ascertain the validity of the cited case. Ultimately, the judge referred the matter to a disciplinary panel for further investigation.

Read Alan’s full article here.

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