The case of Cass v. 1410088 Ontario Inc. contains this one sentence written by an Ontario Superior Court judge in the course of disallowing from an attorney’s fee request the amount designated for “legal research”:
“If artificial intelligence sources were employed, no doubt counsel’s preparation time would have been significantly reduced.”
Padding on the hours billed for researching case law is a favorite method for bulking up legal fees related to court cases — for lawyers in the United States — as well as for those in Canada:
1. Thomson Reuters’ Canadian arm noted this:
“Judge says AI could have been used”, and “Courts mindful of technology”.
2. A Toronto-based intellectual property lawyer offered this observation:
“Really, that judge was saying, ‘If you can do this faster, why are you not doing it faster? Why are you charging your client for something that could be done more efficiently?”
“If artificial intelligence sources were employed, no doubt counsel’s preparation time would have been significantly reduced.
“… IT’S HAPPENING FOLKS.”