Like Uber, however for lawsuits

By | November 3, 2018

As anybody who has rented an condominium in New York Metropolis is aware of, your safety deposit is mainly a present to your landlord. Good luck ever seeing it once more after you progress out.  
There are a couple of theories for methods to keep away from this. Mine has been to hope fervently for divine intervention, which labored out…as soon as. An acquaintance tells me to easily by no means pay the final month’s lease. (The I.I.I. doesn’t in any manner endorse this technique.) 
However one technique nobody suggests is to contest the withholding of your deposit in small claims court docket. Since you’ll find yourself spending more cash than your unique deposit was price. 
If solely there have been an app for that… 
Seems, there may be. DoNotPay is an app that makes use of algorithms to find out whether or not somebody has a case in small claims court docket – and can assist file authorized paperwork. From contesting parking tickets to resolving landlord disputes to submitting lawsuits for knowledge breaches (like Equifax), the app apparently has a couple of 50 p.c success charge in court docket.  With out recourse to a single lawyer. And it’s free. 
This appears like a dream for people who want authorized assist they’ll’t at the moment entry. As a result of legal professionals ain’t low cost.  
However is there a sinister aspect to this? The U.S. is a notoriously litigious society. The plaintiffs bar has been very artistic in profitable huge verdicts that many argue are distorting the tort system. It’s been estimated that the prices of torts in 2016 have been $429 billion – or about 2.three p.c of the GDP of the U.S. Reformers would argue that there’s a complete cottage trade whose main goal is to sue anybody and something with sufficiently deep pockets to justify the trouble.  
Might an app like DoNotPay, which at the moment helps the little man struggle his unjust parking ticket, sooner or later flip into the means to seamlessly litigate each side of our lives on the push of a button? Solely time will inform.  
Within the meantime, I simply obtained a parking ticket in Brooklyn, due to course I did. Alexa, open DoNotPay.