Catching up on recent news: Jane Sánchez appointed Law Librarian of Congress

It was announced on February 1st that Jane Sánchez has been appointed as the Law Librarian of Congress effective February 5th. The press release is available here.

Class certified in PACER lawsuit

A memorandum opinion filed Tuesday in DC District Court granted plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in National Veterans Legal Services Program, et al. v United States of America.  The suit was filed on behalf of the NVLSP, the National Consumer Law Center, and the Alliance for Justice, and claims that the Federal Court system overcharges for online access to dockets and filings through their PACER database, in alleged violation of a 2002 law that states that fees for using PACER should not exceed the costs required to operate the database.  Judge Ellen Huvelle’s opinion indicates that anyone who paid PACER fees between April 2010 and April 2016 can be part of the class.  Read more at POLITICO (free access and includes a link to the opinion) and The National Law Journal (subscription required).

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New GPO Style Manual

The Government Publishing Office has released the 31st edition of the GPO Style Manual. The manual, last revised in 2008, is the guide to the style and form of federal government printing and publishing. The new edition includes guidance describing GPO digital initiatives and new technologies, along with many other updates.

80 Years of ACLU Files

Gale, A Cengage Company, recently released American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 as part of their Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the ACLU, it focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The digital collection contains more than 2 million pages.

 

D&B Buys Avention

According to a recent press release, Dun & Bradstreet has acquired Avention, the maker of One Source.  It appears that the Avention platform will be utilized going forward for all D&B content.

Internet Archive launches multimedia Trump Archive

With less than two weeks until the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, The Internet Archive has preserved over 700 televised speeches, interviews, and broadcasts related to Trump and dating back to 2009. This curated archive emphasizes fact-checking statements and is fully searchable. True to their mandate, the archive is free and accessible to all. Read more at the Internet Archive blog, or jump straight into the Trump Archive!

Using Vendors to Identify Fake News

Whether you are compiling news articles for a partner at a law firm or assisting a judge or professor gain background knowledge on a current issue, identifying “fake news” is now a critical step in the research process. In a recent blog post, HeinOnline published an overview of resources and tools that are useful for fact-checking news stories.