With all the loose (i.e. uninformed) talk about “it’s all online” and PACER possibly becoming free and open (with all those unredacted documents – maybe yours?), I expected to find all judicial opinions, or at least federal court opinions (they have bigger budgets than the states) online.
I started looking for something fairly benign, like our very own Oregon federal District Court judicial opinions and found that no, U.S. District Court of Oregon cases are NOT available on a free, public website. Not on Findlaw, LexisOne, PLoL, Justia, or anywhere else. You might be able to find a few selected cases, but not an official database (and authentic) with a complete sequence of up-to-date cases, searchable or otherwise.
I referred in a blog post about condo law to a recent Oregon federal district court case and thought I would be able to link to a free, public version of the case…. Alas.