CereBel Files an Amicus Letter Brief in USA v Cohen to Assist Court's Consideration of Sanctions for Miscommunicated Citatons

In a second Southern District of New York matter in which "fake citations" were submitted in support of motions, Generative AI technology has been blamed for the affirming attorneys failure to fully review each cited decision. On this second occasion, former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen told the court he used Google Bard before the end of November to research caselaw that would assist his attorney's effort to reduce the length of his supervised release. In early December Google Bard was upgraded with Google's Gemini Pro, making it difficult to reproduce comparable hallucinations. In any case, let this be a reminder that until embedded citation verification tools are more broadly available, attorneys should continue to review and verify accuracy of research conducted with Large Language Models. And refresh knowledge of court rules requiring an understanding of all decisions they choose to cite in pleadings, whther the citations originate in a copy and paste template, a firm's document database, a traditional caselaw database, or generative AI tools.

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