In a speech last December, as well as in several subsequent statements, SEC Chair Gary Gensler has emphasized the agency’s concerns with companies that are over-hyping their artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in ways that mislead investors. In March, the agency filed enforcement actions against two investment advisors that allegedly misled investors about the firms’ AI-enabled services.

In the latest example of the agency’s AI-related campaign, earlier this week the agency filed an enforcement action against the CEO and Founder of Joonko Diversity, Inc., an Artificial Intelligence-based employee recruitment startup, alleging among other things that the individual made false AI-related claims about the company’s services. In bringing the action, the agency emphasized the significance of the action’s AI-related allegations. A copy of the agency’s June 11, 2024, press release about the action can be found here. The agency’s complaint in the action can be found here.Continue Reading SEC Files “AI-Washing” Enforcement Action Against AI-Based Start-Up Founder

Brent Stevens

In the following guest post, Brent Stevens analyzes and summarizes the findings from the 2024 Claims Litigation Management Defense Counsel Study. Brent is a Senior Director at Consilio and leads Consilio’s Insurance Vertical, serving Consilio’s Insurance Industry clients, including carriers, brokers, and their law firms. I would like to thank Brent for allowing me to publish his article as a guest post on this site. I welcome guest post submissions from responsible authors on topics of interest to the site’s readers. Please contact me directly if you would like to submit a guest post. Here is Brent’s article.Continue Reading Guest Post: Navigating Key Insights from the 2024 CLM Study

As I have noted on this site in discussing artificial intelligence, among the risks and opportunities that the recent rapid emergence of AI represents for organizations of all kinds are the risks associated with AI-related regulatory oversight and supervision. Until now, references to AI-related regulatory concerns have mostly pertained to the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act, which the European Parliament approved in March of this year. It is now clear that AI-related regulatory concerns likely will also extend to supervisory efforts of U.S. states as well, as reflected in the Colorado legislature’s May 8, 2024 passage of the Colorado Artificial Intelligence Act. This legislation, if signed into law by Colorado governor Jared Polis, would make Colorado the first U.S. state to enact comprehensive AI-related regulation.

As discussed below, the Act may or may not become law, but whether or not it does become law, it contains key signposts concerning the likely course of future AI-related regulation, as well as key AI risk management measures that well-advised companies will take to try to address their AI-related regulatory risk.Continue Reading Colorado Legislature Passes U.S.’s First State AI Regulatory Bill

Since OpenAI launched ChatGPT in November 2022, the race to capitalize on emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies has super-charged the financial markets. The stock prices of AI-associated companies, such as Nvidia and Super Micro Computer, have soared. Several AI-related companies  — such as, for example, Astera Labs and Rubrik — have recently successfully completed IPOs, so much so that that the long-moribund market for IPOs is showing definite signs of life. Other AI companies – including for example, Zapata and MultiplAI Health Ltd. — recently became public through mergers with SPACs.

With the consuming interest in AI in the financial markets, many companies want to try to catch some of the lightning for themselves. However, what the companies say about AI, their AI prospects, and their AI risks could have significant consequences for the companies’ corporate and securities litigation risks, as well as their risks of regulatory scrutiny.Continue Reading AI, Risk, and Public Company Disclosures

Last week, when I wrote about two recent AI-related SEC enforcement actions, I noted that the SEC’s public statements when it announced the enforcement action settlements not only underscored the SEC’s AI-related concerns but also illustrated the kinds of issues that could lead to private securities litigation brought by investors who claim they were misled by companies’ AI-related disclosures. In the latest example showing how company disclosures relating to artificial intelligence can lead to securities litigation, a plaintiff shareholder has filed a securities suit against a security screening company alleging that the company’s public statements about its AI-enabled products and services were misleading. A copy of the March 25, 2024, complaint can be found here.Continue Reading Security Screening Company Hit with AI-Related Securities Suit

Some readers may recall that at the end of last year, the New York Times very publicly sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, in connection with the defendants’ alleged use of the newspaper’s content for purposes of training chatbots and other AI tools. Although this kind of lawsuit is pretty far outside the blog’s usual bailiwick, the litigation is still of interest as the landscape of AI-related litigation continues to develop. Now it appears that other media organizations are joining the bandwagon, as two different groups have now filed lawsuits against OpenAI, and, in one case, also against Microsoft. These latest cases are described in an interesting March 5, 2024 post on the SDNY Blog (here).Continue Reading More AI-Related IP Lawsuits Filed Against OpenAI and Microsoft

On March 13, 2024, the European Parliament approved the adoption of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act, legislation that the Wall Street Journal, in a front-page article, called the “World’s First Comprehensive AI Law.” The sweeping law, the effectiveness of which will be staged-in over the next several years, will affect all companies deploying or using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the EU. As discussed below, the passage of the Act, which has been several years in the making, could have significant implications for the adopting and deployment of AI worldwide, and could also have significant liability risk implications as well. A copy of the EU’s March 13, 2024, press release about the Act’s adoption can be found here. The Act’s text as adopted can be found here.Continue Reading EU Adopts Sweeping AI Law: What Does it Mean?

In any discussion these days of emerging directors’ and officers’ risks, the conversation inevitably turns to the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI). There is a general perception that while AI presents significant opportunities, it also involves significant liability risks. The contours of the risk that AI represents have yet to develop, largely because the claims have yet to emerge. That is, until now.

Earlier this week, a plaintiff shareholder filed a securities class action lawsuit against the AI-enabled software platform company, Innodata. The plaintiff claims the company misrepresented the extent to which the company’s products and services actually employ AI technology and also the extent of the company’s investment in AI. As discussed further below, as far as I know, this case represents the first AI-related securities class action lawsuit to be filed. A copy of the plaintiff’s February 21, 2024, complaint can be found here.Continue Reading First AI-Related Securities Suit Filed

Sarah Abrams

Many readers may have seen the recent news that the New York Times had sued Microsoft and OpenAI alleging that OpenAI’s use of New York Times content to train their AI tool’s database infringed the newspaper’s copyright. The lawsuit raises its own set of issues but lawsuits of this type relating to AI development also pose an interesting set of insurance coverage related issues. In the following guest post, Sarah Abrams, Head of Professional Liability Claims at Bowhead Specialty, takes a look at the insurance questions that these kinds of lawsuits present. The views of the author are her own and not necessarily that of Bowhead Specialty Underwriters. I would like to thank Sarah for allowing me to publish her article on this site. I welcome guest post submissions from responsible authors on topics of interest to this blog’s readers. Please contact me directly if you would like to submit a guest post. Here is Sarah’s article.Continue Reading Guest Post: Can There Be “Misappropriation of Trade Secret[s]” in the Age of AI?’

The directors’ and officers’ liability environment is always changing, but 2023 was a particularly eventful year, with important consequences for the D&O insurance marketplace. The past year’s many developments also have significant implications for what may lie ahead in 2024 – and possibly for years to come.  I have set out below the Top Ten D&O Stories of 2023, with a focus on future implications. Please note that on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 11:00 AM EST, my colleagues Marissa Streckfus, Chris Bertola, and I will be conducting a free, hour-long webinar in which we will discuss The Top Ten D&O Stories of 2023. Registration for the webinar can be found here. I hope you can join us for the webinar.Continue Reading The Top Ten Stories in D&O of 2023