How can I research to find Federal civil cases that have been at least filed in my area (county or nearby counties)?
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There is no complete record that can be researched. What you can do is go to a law library and ask to use a computer research site such as Lexus or Westlaw. You would then search in the federal section under the court you are interested in, the name of the law firm and perhaps the claim or subject of the law suit ("contracts" civil rights, etc. )
A service called Pacer provides access to Federal Court Filings in the Southern District of Texas, or Federal Court in Houston. https://www.pacer.gov is the place to go. Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator. PACER is provided by the Federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service. State Cases are something that you can gain access to through the Harris County District Clerk.
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