Bloomberg Law: Judge Approves $125 Million Settlement in PACER Fees Lawsuit

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Jacqueline Thomsen


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This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on March 20, 2024.

A federal judiciary spokesperson said, “We are pleased this matter is concluded.” The spokesperson said that after a district court ruled that PACER fees were used to improperly cover some costs, the judiciary turned to congressional appropriations to fund those programs.

“Our focus continues to be on the future of PACER, the public access portal to the Judiciary’s case management system,” the spokesperson said. “We are modernizing the system for the benefit of the courts, litigants, and the public who seek to access court records via PACER.”

Nonprofits National Veterans Legal Services Program, National Consumer Law Center, and Alliance for Justice filed their lawsuit in 2016, challenging the legality of “excessive” PACER fees paid over a six-year period.

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