The declaration in the National Veterans Legal Services Program v. United States case was filed today by Thomas Lee and Michael Lissner and discusses the fee structure of the PACER service.
Lissner is the Executive Director and Lead Developer at the Free Law Project.
Free Law provides several resources including the wonderful Court Listener database.
Lee and Lissner write:
As we explain in detail below, it is overwhelmingly likely that the PACER system, as operated by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO), collects fees far in excess of the costs associated with providing the public access to the records it contains.
Background About Law Suit (via Free Law Project)
- A Complete Chronology of PACER Fees and Policies
- How Much Money Does PACER Make?
- The Cost of PACER Data? Around One Billion Dollars.
- Downloading Important Cases on PACER Costs More than a Brand New Car
- What is the “PACER Problem”?
- What Should be Done About the PACER Problem?
- What is a “Page” of PACER Content?