LEGAL RESEARCH ALERT: THE PACER DEBACLE
According to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability’s Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims 2008-2011 (http://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=213575) 11 % of all legal malpractice claims occur due to faulty research. It is more than not knowing the law and how it is to be applied. Sometimes a busy attorney just doesn’t keep up with changes in the databases she/uses on a regular basis. Not a good idea. Narver Insurance, as part of our blog series for attorneys and law firms, wants to make sure you are aware of the data changes in PACER that could trigger an unfortunate gap in your research and affect the outcome of your conclusions in your legal work product. The latest problem for attorneys, law librarians, paralegals and law clerks is PACER removing documents consisting of docket sheets and closed cases from selected files in August. 2014. The purpose of this blog is to give you specific information about the problem, the impact of the removal of information, options to access the missing information and how and where to order hard copy of the removed information from each court so your firm will not be put in a position of legal liability.