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Lawyers Ordered to Consider Seeking Forgiveness for Using ChatGPT

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The judge said the attorneys had abandoned their responsibilities by using ChatGPT to create a legal brief found to contain made-up cases and citations.

Attorneys Peter LoDuca, left, and Steven Schwartz landed in trouble after submitting a computer-generated brief that was a mélange of fact and fiction.

Credit: Jefferson Siegel/The New York Times

A Manhattan judge on Thursday imposed a $5,000 fine on two lawyers who gave him a legal brief full of made-up cases and citations, all generated by the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT.

The judge, P. Kevin Castel of Federal District Court, criticized the lawyers harshly and ordered them to send a copy of his opinion to each of the real-life judges whose names appeared in the fictitious filing.

But Judge Castel wrote that he would not require the lawyers, Steven A. Schwartz and Peter LoDuca, whom he referred to as respondents, to apologize to those judges, "because a compelled apology is not a sincere apology."

"Any decision to apologize is left to respondents," the judge added.

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