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Mass Tort Selection Tips: Using PACER To Stay Current

Keeping abreast of the latest news and information in mass tort requires organizing your sources of information and using a combination of court filings, news alerts, and networking to track developments. One of the easiest ways to monitor a litigation is to add PACER’s Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds to your e-mail account.

PACER users can keep track of newly docketed events by subscribing to a court’s RSS feed, which is free and includes automatic notifications of case activity, summarized text, and links to the document and docket report.  

You can view the document or docket report linked from the RSS feed by logging into PACER. 

How to set up RSS Feeds for PACER Filings

Most U.S. District courts and federal circuit courts have live RSS web feeds that allow users to access updates in a standardized, computerized format. Many state Courts of Appeal also have RSS feeds allowing you to track state law rulings as well. Courts will usually display the RSS icon:

RSS Feed Symbol
Western District of Wisconsin offers RSS feeds

Step 1

Find the court you would like to track and see if it has an RSS feed.

Step 2

Click on the link, then select and copy the URL link.

Step 3

Add your selected RSS feed to Microsoft Outlook by right-clicking on the RSS feeds icon in the left-hand menu.

Step 4

Paste the URL link in the RSS feed box and add the feed to your subscriptions.

Step 5

Adjust your settings for RSS feeds including how often items are downloaded and how feed names display. You can also create rules within outlook and select the conditions under which you want to receive an alert.

The Mass Tort Institute can help you with tort selection, law firm operations, education and training for attorneys and paraprofessionals, and opportunities to expand your network – all resulting in the growth of your business and higher recovery for your mass tort clients. Let’s talk.


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