Courts Improperly Spent $200M In PACER Fees, Judge Rules

By Sam Reisman (April 2, 2018, 6:55 PM EDT) -- A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Saturday granted a partial win for PACER users, finding that the judiciary inappropriately used almost $200 million in fees collected via the online federal courts documents portal from 2010 to 2016 to fund other projects, in breach of federal law.

The instant order concludes that the E-Government Act of 2002 placed certain limits on where the federal courts are allowed to spend money collected through PACER. It is the latest development in an ongoing dispute between the U.S. government and three nonprofits, which represent a class of potentially hundreds of thousands of PACER users, alleging...

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