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Georgia Remains Co-Conspirator In Suit Over Electronic Filing Fees, Says Plaintiff Attorney

ATLANTA (CN) - While the State of Georgia has been voluntarily dismissed as a defendant in a federal class-action complaint that claims that Lexis-Nexis Courtlink is operating an illegal, mandatory electronic filing system with the Fulton County Superior and Georgia State Courts, the state is still a coconspirator in this "scheme," says attorney Steven Newton. But Newton, who represents the plaintiffs, said he can get the "same pound of flesh without having to fight two groups of kids."

The system "forces people to pay for justice," Newton said. He said he plans to seek a temporary injunction in late February or early March to stop the courts from charging these fees while this case is being resolved.

The original complaint states, "The defendants have been charging litigants and their counsel in Fulton County Superior Court and Fulton County State Court fees for filing documents and pleadings using their electronic filing system in excess of those authorized by Georgia statute and in violation of other Georgia statutes. ...

"Without any statutory authority, defendants charge litigants and their counsel fees - in some instances $11 for each electronic filing in those cases designated for mandatory electric filing pursuant to orders issued by the Superior and State Courts of Fulton County and a pilot project seemingly and or unwittingly approved by the Georgia Supreme Court."

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