Readers Write: Want to Read the Briefs in the Epic vs. Tata Consulting Case? That’ll Cost $0.10 Per Page (Unless We Do Something About It)
Want to Read the Briefs in the Epic vs. Tata Consulting Case? That’ll Cost $0.10 Per Page (Unless We Do Something About It)
By Reluctant Epic User
As Americans, we tend to assume that we have the most open and transparent courts in the world. Unfortunately, that probably isn’t the case. The reality is that all of the public documents filed in a court case are locked behind the world’s largest paywall. Including the Epic Systems vs. Tata Consultancy Services Limited case.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The courts give every person in America $15 per quarter in free downloads. The Free The Law project has created a clever workaround which places these documents in the public domain.
Five of 82 documents in the Epic vs. Tata case are available to the public. You can increase that number. Follow these steps:
- Install the “RECAP the law” Firefox Extension.
- Open a PACER account as a view user (credit card required).
- Once you have an account open, go to the Western Wisconsin Court District site and log in.
- Click Query and enter 3:14-cv-00748 in the case number field.
- Click Docket Report, accept the default values, click run.
- Click on one of the document # hyperlinks which doesn’t have a “RECAP the law” logo by it (examples in green boxes).
- Read the document if you’re interested. If you aren’t, click back and find another one. At most, a document will cost $3.00. Therefore, don’t open more than four documents and you’ll stay under the $15 free limit.
Some of you may be wondering, why do this? To date, documents like Epic’s Standard Consulting Agreement (circa 2005) have been unavailable to the general public. The case offers us the chance to get a glimpse behind the Epic’s veil of secrecy, something any HIT observer should happily support.
Since this will be an ongoing case, we’ll need people to regularly contribute. If you comment on this post, you’ll be updated on an ongoing basis as we gather all the documents we need.