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District Court Judge rules Pacer fees misused by judiciary “The federal judiciary misused millions of dollars in fees derived from an electronic public web portal for court documents to fund certain programs that federal law did not allow, a Washington judge ruled on Saturday. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said the United States is liable for certain improper expenses that violated the E-Government Act of 2002. The ruling came in a class action that alleged the judiciary’s administrative office set fees too high for the online portal Public Access to Court Electronic Records, commonly known as PACER. The suit, filed by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, the National Consumer Law Center and Alliance for Justice, seeks monetary relief for allegedly excessive fees charged between 2010 and 2016. The courts collected more than $920 million in PACER fees between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings in the case. The judiciary was not permitted to use PACER fees to pay for, among other things, courtroom technology expenses, web-based juror services and victim notification, Huvelle concluded.”

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