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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 2, 2018
U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle ruled Saturday that the federal judiciary violated federal law by using Pacer fees for courtroom technology and other projects, the ABA Journal reports. Huvelle’s ruling comes in a lawsuit that contended Pacer fees violate federal law because they exceed the actual costs of providing records. The judge disagreed with the plaintiffs’ contention that law limits Pacer fees to just the cost of running Pacer, but she also rejected the government’s argument that the fees can be used to fund anything related to the dissemination of information through electronic means. Pacer fees must be used for services that provide the public with access to information stored in the docketing system, she ruled.