PACER Users Win Class Certification In Fee-Challenging Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 24, 2017, 9:08 PM EST) -- A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of potentially hundreds of thousands of PACER users in three nonprofit groups' suit alleging the government is illegally making a profit on the court records service, ruling nonprofits can adequately represent all PACER users.

In a 19-page memorandum opinion, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted the motion for class certification filed by plaintiffs the National Veterans Legal Services Program, the National Consumer Law Center and Alliance for Justice in their suit alleging PACER's fees violated the E-Government Act and seeking a refund of any overcharges. Judge Segal Huvelle rejected the...

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