Last week, consumer credit reporting company Equifax disclosed a cybersecurity breach effecting over 143 million U.S. consumers – almost half of the U.S. population. Potentially leaked information includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, and possibly driver’s license numbers.
Joshua Browder, the creator of DoNotPay, a site that helps you fight parking tickets, came up with a one stop website for people to sue Equifax in small claims court on the state level. There are already a couple dozen lawsuits against Equifax filed in federal court by lawyers representing multiple plaintiffs. Browder hopes his website will serve as an alternate route for people looking to avoid class action lawsuits in federal court. “Instead of taking Equinox to federal court, they could take Equinox to small claims. In a lot of these states you’re not allowed lawyers, there are no legal fees, and state judges are more sympathetic and more fair. They don’t take kindly to big corporations pushing people around.” (Yahoo Finance)
Check out the video below to see how the whole chatbot process works:
My law degree is now about as valuable as a degree in lesbian dance theory. Listen, I may be selling out my fellow esquires here, but I am totally on board with websites like these. Law is a rigged game, the people making the laws are usually all lawyers, so of course they’re going to make it more complicated and more expensive than it has to be. Lawyers are terrified of websites like legal zoom and chatbots like DoNotPay because in reality, the average Joe has a simple claim or just wants a document that keeps their bitchy mother-in-law from getting custody of their child in the event of their death.
Having said all this, I am in no way endorsing representing yourself in court, you’ll look like a fool and probably have your case dismissed on a procedural technicality. But, when it comes to the small stuff, why not give these websites a try?