We talk to a lot of law firms. A common scenario is a single individual is responsible for tracking several PACER dockets, and sending updates to an entire team or department. Of course, this is truly tedious work. PACER doesn't support automated updates for non-parties, nor any way to bookmark dockets for frequent retrieval.
PacerDash makes it dead simple to handle this workflow. Here's how it works:
We use the concept of a "case stream" to conceptualize all the various pieces of data associated with a given PACER docket. The "owner" of the case stream is the individual who first locates and imports the docket. The owner's PACER credentials is charged for all requests related to that case stream.
After setup, the owner -- typically a librarian, managing clerk, or legal assistant -- can invite "members" to join the case stream via email. Members must create their own PacerDash account if they do not already have one, but they do not need their own PACER login to access the case stream. Members can access the docket, purchase filings, and receive the automated tracking updates. The owner's PACER account will be charged for requests made by the members.
Your PacerDash account is a single point of entry for all your case streams, whether you are the owner or a member. This creates tremendous flexibility and efficiencies. For example, co-counsel at different firms can maintain a single synced copy of a given docket. In-house counsel can access dockets shared by their various outside counsel and as well those tracked internally.
Under the hood, we've created a powerful role- and permissions-based system that supports robust sharing features. We're working on adding "read-only" and "accounting" membership roles, letting members customize their personal notification preferences, and letting groups of users create shared repositories of docket data. Stay tuned.