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Past PACER users would each get at least $350 in refunds under lawsuit settlement

ABA Journal: “The U.S. government has agreed to pay $125 million to settle a class action lawsuit claiming that the judiciary overcharged users of PACER, its electronic system of court records. The deal, revealed in a motion for preliminary approval, would give most class members at least $350 in refunds for PACER charges between April 21, 2010, and May 31, 2018. Those who paid more than that would receive a pro rata share of remaining settlement funds. If there are unclaimed funds after the initial distribution, they will be allocated evenly to all class members, except that no one will receive more than they paid. Class members won’t have to submit claims to receive payment. Part of the settlement would cover attorney fees, administrative costs and incentive awards to the named plaintiffs. The amount would be no more than 20% of the settlement fund…”

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