NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM et al v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Unopposed MOTION for Approval of Revised Plan of Class Notice and Class Notice Documents by ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE, NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER, NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM (Attachments: #1 Exhibit 1 - Email Notice, #2 Exhibit 1-A - BLACKLINE Email Notice, #3 Exhibit 2 - Postcard Notice, #4 Exhibit 2-A - BLACKLINE Postcard Notice, #5 Exhibit 3 - Website Notice, #6 Exhibit 3-A - BLACKLINE Website Notice, #7 Exhibit 4 - Online Exclusion, #8 Exhibit 5 - Printable Exclusion, #9 Exhibit 6 - Proposed Order, #10 Exhibit 6-A - BLACKLINE Proposed Order)(Narwold, William)
To All PACER Users Who Paid Fees
to Access Federal Court Records
Between April 21, 2010 and April
Your Rights Might Be Affected By A
The back of this card provides a
summary of the action.
Class Action Administrator
P.O. Box 43434
Providence, RI 02940-3434
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Notice of Class Action
Nat’l 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 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 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 July __, 2017. To be
excluded, you must complete the Exclusion Form found on the website below, or send a completed copy of the Exclusion
Form or a letter to PACER Fees Class Action Administrator, PO Box 43434, Providence, RI 02940-3434. 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: 1-844-660-2215 or www.PACERFeesClassAction.com
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