ResearchWire – Litigator’s Internet Resource Guide: Points in Dispute

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Genie Tyburski is the Research Librarian for Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the editor of The Virtual Chase:TM A Research Site for Legal Professionals.

(Archived January 1, 1998)

Then came pleas and rejoinders, rebutters, demurrers,
Such as Chitty would plough into Richard Roe’s furrows; —
Cross questions, and very cross answers, to suit —
So the gist of the case was the point in dispute.

— John Brainard, “Scire Facias” in Poems of John Brainard (1841)

Individual Litigation
Agencies, Courts & Organizations
Subject Collections
Speaking of disputes, have you read about the Sun/Microsoft Java TM controversy? How about the class action lawsuit against Network Solutions, Inc., a domain name registration service? The McAfee/Symantec quarrel? What has been your source of information?

The newspaper? Television news? A neighbor?

How about a web site? But not just any web site — one that offers copies of official court documents …

As previously promised, this article introduces “Chapter Two” of the Litigator’s Internet Resource Guide published by Law Library Resource Xchange this Spring. Rules of Court, the first chapter, indexes official and unofficial Internet sources of federal, state, and local court rules. Now, Points In Dispute compiles and, as necessary, briefly annotates sites that offer pleadings and other court filings.

During my travels, I found various kinds of documents ranging from complaints to amicus briefs and from trial exhibits to courtroom transcripts. As with Rules of Court, I found no single source offering pointers to all or most of the documents. Yet hundreds of them exist in almost as many locations.

Again, the disorderly array evidences a need for indexes such as this one. Feel free to send me your ideas for additional litigation indexes as well as suggestions for documents/sites to include in this index. 1

Individual Pending, Past, and Threatened Litigation

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ACLU v. Reno (constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act)

Broin v. Philip Morris (class action, second-hand tobacco smoke)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Louise Woodward (British nanny murder trial; selected trial documents) Coyne Beahm, Inc. et al. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration et al. (tobacco litigation)
Doe et al. v. Sundquist, Gov. of the State of Tennessee et al. (open birth records) Interactive Gift Express, Inc. (IGE) v. Compuserve, Inc. et al. and E-Data v. Micropatent et al. (patent infringement)
Lotus Development Corp. v. Borland Int’l, Inc. (copyright infringement) O.J. Simpson

Oklahoma City Bombing: Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bombing: Terry Nichols Oppedahl & Larson v. Advanced Concepts et al. (use of meta-tags in web documents)
The People of the State of California v. Sergio Venegas (amicus brief filed by The California Association of Criminalists re DNA analysis in courts) Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Calvin Designer Label et al. (use of meta-tags in web documents; trademark infringement; domain names as trademarks)
Silicone Gel Breast Implant Products Litigation Suitum v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (takings, transferable development rights (TDRs))
Sun v. Microsoft (Java technology, breach of contract, trademark violation)

Symantec Corp. v. McAfee Assoc., Inc. (copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition)
Thomas et al. v. Network Solutions, Inc. and National Science Foundation (class action, constitutionality of domain registration fees, antitrust)
Toys R Us v. Roadkills R Us (trademark infringement) U.S. v. Microsoft (DOJ investigation)

Advocacy Groups, Agencies, Courts, Law Firms, and Trade Associations Offering Litigation Documents

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American Intellectual Property Law Association (amicus briefs) American Psychological Association (amicus briefs)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) (amicus briefs) Department of Justice

Department of Labor on ERISA Preemption of Medical Malpractice Claims Against HMOs (amicus briefs)
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) (various court documents) Federal Trade Commission

Hot Docs from Counsel Connect and Cal Law (subscription required for access to full-text)
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (indictments, transcripts, orders & judgments) Kansas Corporation Commission (active dockets & pleadings)
Public Citizen (various court documents) Schwab Goldberg Price & Dannay
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (various court documents) U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Vermont

Subject Collections of Court Documents

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Court TV Law Center (multi-subject; focus is popular litigation) The ‘Lectric Law Library (multi-subject)
NW Fishletter (Pacific Northwest fish and wildlife policy newsletter that archives legal documents associated with its stories) Physician Assisted Suicide Amicus Briefs
Securities Class Action Litigation Tobacco Litigation

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1 For inclusion in this index, sites must offer court documents other than, or in addition to, the court opinion(s).

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