Law firms have begun receiving class action notices inviting them to join a class action alleging that the Pacer (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) system has been overcharging for online access to federal court dockets and documents. In April 2016, The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts which oversees the PACER system was sued

Only weeks after receiving the prestigious 2017 New Product Award from the American Association of Law Libraries, CARA is announcing today the release of a new “Brief Finder” feature.

Casetext’s CARA (Case Analysis Research Assistant) launched with the promise of helping lawyers find the most relevant caselaw.  Last August I reviewed CARA in a post:

Today Lex Machina is announcing the launch of  “Custom Insights”  functionality which
will add two new high-voltage analytics tools: Caselist Analyzer and Motion
Metrics
to the  Lex  Machina platform. These interactive tools will
put customized competitive insights within  reach of every subscriber. I
found the variety, flexibility and granularity of Lex Machina’s  new
offerings to

Big Data Hits a Wall c. J O’Grady

The disruption of access to court dockets through Pacer has implications beyond the retrieval of dockets and documents.

The  Administrative Office of the US Courts announced on August 11th that archival dockets from 5 federal courts would no longer be available through Pacer. I contacted the Office