PACER Court Document Fees Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

The United States government is the defendant settling this class action for $125 million. It offers a service called Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) that allows public access to documents filed in US courts. The complaint alleged that PACER was charging users more than necessary to cover the costs of providing the service and that those additional fees were unlawful.

Docket Number:


Company: United States

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: April 21, 2010 to May 31, 2018

Exclusion Deadline: July 17, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

You do not need to provide proof.


You may be eligible if you paid fees to use PACER between April 21, 2010 and May 31, 2018, regardless of when you use PACER. You are not eligible if you are a federal agency or class counsel.

Typical Settlement Amount:

The distribution to users will be made from the net settlement amount. Class members who paid a total of $350 or less will receive the amount of their payments to PACER. Class members who paid more than $350 will be paid $350 plus a pro-rata share of the remaining amount after all the minimum ($350 or less) payments have been deducted from the net settlement amount.

If funds still remain, a second distribution will be made to those who paid more than $350 to PACER during the class period, and who have cashed their first distribution check, except that no class member will receive more than the amount they paid to PACER. Payments will be sent by check.

Total Settlement Amount: $125,000,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $10,000

Law Firms:
Gupta Wessler PLLC
Motley Rice LLC

Case Name: National Veterans Legal Services Program, et al. v. United States

Settlement Website: PACER Fees Class Action Website

Claims Administrator:
KCC Class Action Services, LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

PACER Fees Class Action Administrator
PO Box 43434
Providence, RI 02940-3434

Tags: Excessive Fees, Unlawful Fees