Performing Citizen Legal Research and Analysis with Docket Alarm

In addition to lawyers and professionals, regular citizens can benefit from having access to Docket Alarm’s legal research platform to uncover litigation history and stay informed of the latest lawsuits and cases. Here are four ways the public can use Docket Alarm to their benefit.
1. Conduct Due Diligence
Citizens can use Docket Alarm to research potential employers or business partners. If you’re thinking about joining a company, check out their litigation history. This might be particularly useful if you are looking to join a smaller company like a startup, where there’s not a lot of public information available. You can check to see if they’ve filed for bankruptcy or if they have been involved in a dispute over technology or intellectual property rights. You can also check to see if the founders or investors have been involved in any litigation. The same applies to conducting due diligence on potential businesses partners or joint venture partners.   

Another way citizens can use Docket Alarm for due diligence is if they are looking to hire an accountant, lawyer, doctor, or other professional. You can view that professional’s litigation history to see if they have been sued for malpractice.

2. Receive Litigation Updates Involving Family and Friends

If family members, friends, or business partners are involved in pending litigation, you can keep tabs on the case using Docket Alarm’s search engine and email alerts tool. You can elect to follow a case and set up email recurring email alerts that arrive to your inbox as frequently as you wish, ensuring you’ll never overlook an important case update or development.

3. Be the First to Know About Celebrity Lawsuits

Search for your favorite celebrities on Docket Alarm to view the full litigation history for a particular individual. Once you have located a celebrity’s history, you can then click the “Track this Search” button to be notified when they have been sued or there is an update or a resolution to a case they are currently involved in.

For example, you can search for “Kanye West” and get email alerts any time the music mogul is involved in a new case. Check out this lawsuit filed against West and his business partner, Damon Dash. The pair just released an indie film called “Loisaidas,” which also happens to be the registered trademark of a Latin musical group. However, Kanye and company have yet to file an answer or appear in court, and as of yesterday, had a default judgment entered against them.

4. Follow Your Favorite Tech Innovators

Apple and Google fan-boys (and girls) can use Docket Alarm to keep tabs on their favorite tech companies. Search for cases and track litigation involving Facebook, SpaceX, Snapchat, Uber and more. Additionally, individuals looking to invest in public companies, like Netflix or Twitter, can benefit from receiving Docket Alarm’s frequent litigation updates. If you are looking to buy shares of a particular company, lawsuits and case outcomes may have a large impact on that company’s stock price, particularly if integral ownership or IP rights are involved.

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Docket Alarm is an advanced search and litigation tracking service for the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), the International Trade Commission (ITC), Bankruptcy Courts, and Federal Courts across the United States. Docket Alarm searches and tracks millions of dockets and documents for thousands of users.

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