DoNotPay bot is now able to help people file lawsuits against Equifax. The bot can file suits in all 50 U.S. states, creator Joshua Browder told VentureBeat. DoNotPay is suing Equifax at the state small claims court level for the maximum amount allowed. In some states, like Tennessee, successful claimants could be awarded up to $25,000.
The bot asks a series of simple questions, including your address, phone number, and zip code, and helps you fill in the appropriate PDF. In California, it’s an SC-100 form to file a suit in small claims court.
Last Friday, Equifax acknowledged that it had been hacked and the personal information of 143 million people exposed. Since then, at least 23 class action lawsuits have been filed, according to USA Today.
“It is particularly exciting that a lawyer is never needed in the process. The class action lawsuit against the company will only give successful consumers around $500 (with the rest going to greedy lawyers in commissions),” Browder said in an email to VentureBeat. “I hope that my product will replace those lawyers, and, with enough success, bankrupt Equifax.”
On Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch of Utah and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden of Wyoming sent a letter to Equifax demanding answers.
“The scope and scale of this breach appears to make it one of the largest on record, and the sensitivity of the information compromised may make it the most costly to taxpayers and consumers,” the letter reads.
DoNotPay is best known for disputing parking tickets, a service that has successfully saved residents of London and New York hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This summer, DoNotPay expanded to provide more than 1,000 legal services for U.S. and U.K. residents who typically can’t afford to hire a lawyer for things like getting a deposit back from a landlord, applying for maternity leave at work, or drawing up paperwork in event of the loss of a loved one.
The company is part of All Turtles, an AI startup studio founded by former Evernote CEO Phil Libin, with offices in San Francisco and plans to open locations in Paris and Tokyo.