NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM et al v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Unopposed MOTION For Approval of Plan of Class Notice by ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE, NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER, NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM (Attachments: #1 Exhibit 1 - Email Notice, #2 Exhibit 2 - Postcard Notice, #3 Exhibit 2 - Website Notice, #4 Text of Proposed Order)(Narwold, William)
To All PACER Users Who Paid
Fees to Access Federal Court
Records Between April 21, 2010
and April 21, 2016.
Your Rights Might Be Affected
By A Class Action.
The back of this card provides a
summary of the action.
Class Action Administrator
P.O. Box 6175
Novato, CA 94948-6175
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Notice of Class Action
National Veterans Legal Services Program, et al. v. United States, 1:16-cv-00745-ESH
Nonprofit groups filed a class action lawsuit against the United States government claiming that the
government has unlawfully charged PACER users more than necessary to cover the costs of providing public
access to federal court records through PACER. The lawsuit is pending in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia. The Court decided this lawsuit should be a class action on behalf of a “Class,” or group
of people that could include you.
Are you included? You are in the Class if you paid PACER fees between April 21, 2010 and April 21, 2016.
Class counsel and federal government entities are not included in the class.
What is this case about? The lawsuit alleges that federal courts have been charging unlawfully excessive
PACER fees. It alleges that Congress has authorized the federal courts to charge PACER fees only to the
extent necessary to cover the costs of providing public access to federal court records, and that the fees for use
of PACER exceed its costs. The lawsuit further alleges that the excess PACER fees have been used to pay for
projects unrelated to PACER. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the federal courts from charging excessive PACER
fees, and seeks the recovery of the excessive portion of the fees. The government denies these claims, and
contends that the fees are lawful. The lawyers for the Class will have to prove their claims in court.
Who represents you? The Court has appointed Gupta Wessler PLLC and Motley Rice LLC as Class Counsel.
If Class Counsel obtains money for the Class, they will ask the Court for an award of fees and costs, which
would be paid out of any money recovered for the Class. You may hire your own lawyer to appear in Court for
you, but if you do, you have to pay that lawyer.
What are your options? If you do nothing, you are choosing to stay in the Class. You will be legally bound
by all orders and judgments of the Court, and you won’t be able to sue the United States government or
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, as part of any other lawsuit, for the claims made in this lawsuit. If
money or benefits are obtained, you will be able to request a share. If you do not want to stay in the Class, you
must ask to be excluded from it by ____________, 2017. If you ask to be excluded, you will not be able to get
any money or benefits from this lawsuit. You will not be bound by any of the Court’s decisions and you will
keep your right to sue the government or Administrative Office in a different lawsuit.
For more information: 1-___-___-____ or www.PACERFeesClassAction.com
By Order of the U.S. District Court, Dated: ______________________
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