If you have ever followed a criminal lawsuit or trial in the US, you may have come across the work of the Free Law Project. Is Database Summary is one of the best ways to freely access documents that are typically stored in the payment system for Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). And one of the smartest uses of Recap is the Big Case Bot– An automated account on X/Twitter and Mastodon that checks for updates on major cases in US federal courts, automatically downloads files associated with the Recap database, and posts an update linking them.
The Big Cases Bot has been an excellent resource for The edge Over the years, I revisit it, as do other writers and editors. But by design, it is a general interest source covering a wide range of civil and criminal law. If you are interested in a more limited set of cases, it can be a little overwhelming. So, in partnership with the Free Law Project, The edge is launching Tech Cases Bot – a bot dedicated specifically to the types of cases our audience is interested in. It’s a place to stay up to date with Big Tech antitrust lawsuits, criminal cryptocurrency charges, perpetrators suing AI companies, challenges to online speech regulations, and more.
Using the Tech Cases Bot is simple. Just follow him on X in @techcases_bot or mastodon in @firstname.lastname@example.org you’ll see a post each time a filing arrives, with a link to the CourtListener docket and a PDF where applicable. Here is an example of United States against Google case, whose trial begins today:
The Tech Cases Bot is based on a system maintained by the Free Law Project and curated by The edge. The edge You also sponsor the bot, which means that when you pull a copy of a PACER document to archive, we’ll cover the access fees. We’ll update the bot with the cases we write about, and if there’s a particular file you want tracked, let us know – if we think it’s of interest to the bot’s followers, we’ll add it.