A Chatbot Will Help You Sue Equifax for Up to $25,000

The chatbot demands maximum damages for Equifax's breach, which affected 44 percent of Americans.

September 12, 2017 9:33 am
Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta
FILE - This July 21, 2012, file photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. On Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, Equifax said it has made changes to address customer complaints since it disclosed a week earlier that it exposed vital data on about 143 million Americans. Equifax has come under fire from members of Congress, state attorneys general, and people who are getting conflicting answers about whether their information was stolen. Equifax is trying again to clarify language about people’s right to sue, and said Monday it has made changes to address customer complaints. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Were you one of the 143 million US consumers affected by Equifax’s security breach? You can now sue Equifax for negligence in small claims court using the DoNotPay bot, reports The Vergeand demand maximum damages. The payout for maximum damages ranges between $2,500 and $25,000 based on what state you live in.

The DoNotPay bot was launched in all 50 states in June, writes The Verge. Founder Joshua Browder, who was personally affected by the breach, told The Verge that he hopes his product will replace lawyers, and “with enough success, bankrupt Equifax.”

Currently, the bot helps you fill out the forms, but you still need to serve them yourself. And unfortunately, the bot cannot argue your case for your in court. The Verge writes that small claims court differ from state to state, and since nearly half of the U.S. population was affected by this breach (44 percent), each person will have different rules to follow.

However, ultimately, the bot can help speed up the process and “takes out the guesswork” of small claims court procedures, writes The Verge. 

The Verge says that Equifax is most likely going to fight back, so any help, even from chatbots, probably can’t hurt.

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