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US Consumer-Privacy Lawsuit Against OpenAI and Microsoft Dismissed for Now

The lawsuit was filed last year by Clarkson Law Firm, which focuses on public-interest cases.

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Published on May 27, 2024, 15:54:22

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A federal judge in California dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft. The lawsuit alleged that the companies used stolen personal data to train OpenAI's widely-used chatbot, ChatGPT, and other generative artificial intelligence systems.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said in the two-page ruling that the 204-page complaint was "not only excessive in length" but "contains swaths of unnecessary and distracting allegations making it nearly impossible to determine the adequacy of the plaintiffs' legal claims." The judge said the plaintiffs could file an amended complaint.

"Our clients are on the right side of this, and we will amend with the requested precision and brevity," the plaintiffs' attorney Ryan Clarkson of Clarkson Law Firm said in a statement. OpenAI and Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the decision.

The lawsuit was filed last year by Clarkson Law Firm, which focuses on public-interest cases, along with personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan.

They alleged that OpenAI and its major financial supporter, Microsoft, improperly utilised personal data from social media platforms and other websites to train AI models to respond to human inputs.

Both companies have denied these allegations. Additionally, numerous well-known copyright owners, such as authors and newspapers, have launched separate lawsuits against tech companies like OpenAI and Microsoft, claiming misuse of their content for AI training purposes.

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