Not Just for Non Profits
Back in January U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle in the District of Columbia granted certification of a class comprised of anyone who paid PACER fees during the six years before April 21, 2016 (but excluding class counsel in this case and federal government entities.) The Pacer Class Action Page is located here.The Class Notice is located here.
The Paradox of PACER.
For research nerds like me the complaint provides an interesting recap of the evolution or PACER. To anyone who uses PACER they will be appalled to hear that there were excess funds that were not applied to improving the PACER system itself –but were redirected to other uses. PACER is a monument to the best technology of the 1980’s. It is a primitive system by 21st Century standards…. and yet it harbors veins of data which commercial enterprises are mining to use as the core building blocks of historical and predictive analytics. I welcome the innovators Lex Machina, PacerPro, Ravel Law, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis, Docket Alarm, Justly come to mind… would be nice if they could donate some 21st Century technology and algorithms to the “mother of all docket systems” so that it can better serve its main constituency — the American public.