Not Again! Two More Cases, Just this Week, of Hallucinated Citations in Court Filings Leading to Sanctions

The use of generative AI in the legal profession has raised concerns as some lawyers rely on the tool without proper verification. Recent cases in Missouri and Massachusetts highlight that some lawyers are still citing fake cases generated by ChatGPT. In the Missouri case, a pro se litigant filed an appellate brief with 22 fictitious cases. In the Massachusetts case, a lawyer filed three legal memoranda citing fake cases, which he attributed to an “AI system” used by someone in his law office. The courts in both cases dismissed the appeals and imposed sanctions. The incidents underscore the importance of following court rules and presenting meritorious arguments supported by real and accurate judicial authority.

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