Dockets Overview

Bloomberg Law gives you the freedom to be proactive with unrestricted, unlimited dockets searches and alerts, making it easy and cost effective to include dockets in your regular research process.

Monitor new actions, identify business opportunities, conduct due diligence or just expand your legal research in federal, state and international courts.

Docket Key®

Bloomberg Law's® proprietary Docket Key® docket filing classification system is a unique and innovative system that identifies and classifies entries on a docket sheet.

Docket Key makes locating underlying filings easy, quick, and precise by targeting 20 categories, including motions, briefs, orders, and more!

This technology guarantees access to the filings you are looking for instead of those that mention the keyword.


Docket Key is available in the following courts:

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Advanced Search Functionality

The Filing Type filter targets your search to specific filing types and docket entries for civil cases only

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Use the Apply Date To toggle to search either by the date the docket was opened or the date the entry was filed.

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  1. Go directly to the full Docket Sheet
  2. View or Request a PDF document directly from the search results
  3. Go directly to a filtered view of the docket showing the entries matching your search

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Filter Docket Sheet by Filing Type and Date

  1. Filter the Docket Sheet or include more filing types by using either Filing Type or Entry Date
  2. Click to Expand to see unmatched entries

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Below are three examples of how Specialized Docket Search can help you pinpoint the information you need.

  • Set an alert for all new Chapter 11 cases filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  1. Enter “dockets” in the Search Bar on the home page, scroll down the auto-complete list and choose Bankruptcy Docket Search, or alternatively select the Search Dockets option and then choose U.S. Bankruptcy Courts on the top of the form that displays.
  2. The Dockets Search form displays.
  3. In the COURTS field, click Browse Full List, go to Districts of Florida, and select Southern District of Florida.
  4. Select Chapter 11, and set the Assets and Liabilities scroll bar to reflect the monetary value of the case.
  5. Click the Create Search Alert link. See Saved Searches and Alerts for additional information.
  • Search for all civil U.S. District Court and Appellate Courts patent, copyright or trademark dockets involving IBM and its subsidiaries
  1. Enter “Federal Docket Search” in the Search Bar on the home page, scroll down the auto-complete list and choose Federal Dockets Search, or alternatively select the Search Dockets option and choose U.S. District & Appellate Courts on the top of the form that displays.
  2. The Dockets Search form displays.
  3. In the COURTS field, click Browse Full List, select All U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and All U.S. District Court.
  4. In the NATURE OF THE CASE field, individually enter Copyright, Patents and Trademarks and select Property Rights - Copyrights, Property Rights - Patents and Property Rights - Trademarks.
  5. In the COMPANY OR TICKER field, enter "IBM" and select International Business Machine Corp (U.S.) from the auto-complete options list.
  6. In the CIVIL or CRIMINAL field, select Civil from the drop-down list (this is not necessary if you choose a Nature of Suit).
  7. Click Search. The matching dockets display.
  • Locate a motion to dismiss before Judge Pauley in the Southern District of New York.
  1. Enter “Federal Docket Search” in the Search Bar on the home page, scroll down the auto-complete list and choose Federal Dockets Search, or alternatively select the Search Dockets option and choose U.S. District & Appellate Courts on the top of the form that displays.
  2. The Dockets Search form appears
  3. In the KEYWORDS field, enter "motion to dismiss,".
  4. In the COURTS field, click Browse Full List, go to Districts of New York, and select Southern District of New York.
  5. In the JUDGE field, input Pauley.
  6. Click Search. The matching dockets display.

Save a Search or Create an Alert

You can set Alerts to receive updates when new documents arrive that meet your search criteria. The difference between a saved search and an alert is that a saved search has an alert frequency set to None while an alert has a frequency that is set to, As Available, Hourly, Daily or Weekly.

How To Save a Docket Search and/or Create an Alert

  1. Craft and run your desired search.
  2. Click the Create Search Alert link.
  3. The Create Search Alert pop-up appears. Note: Docket Alerts contain options for Format, Sorts, Parties, and Share.
  4. In the Title field, input the name for the Saved Search/Alert. This will be the subject line for any emails that are triggered by the alert.
  5. From the Frequency drop-down menu, select your desired frequency.
  6. (Optional) Enter desired Tags for organization and/or a Description of the search.
  7. Click Save. You receive an email when new documents are added to Bloomberg Law that meet your search criteria. The notifications are also stored in your Alerts Inbox. 
    *Note: If you want to set the Alert more quickly, the Create Search Alert button is also available on all search screens.

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Saved Searches & Alerts

Update Dockets

  1. You can ensure a docket is current by viewing the date of last update, at the right side of the docket. If the docket is not up to date, click on the Update Docket link above the docket sheet or on the right side of the Docket sheet and click Accept on the popup.
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  2. Once the update has been processed, you will receive an email notification that the update has been processed. A notification will also pop up on the bottom right-corner of the site.
  3. To view updates go to your Docket Requests page from the Browse All Content menu,  click Litigation & Dockets, click Docket Request and click on the corresponding case title.
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  4. If there is no visible Update Docket link, that docket sheet is updated directly via a court distributed feed. It will say Automatically Updated under the Docket Currency section on the right of the docket. You may want to track these dockets to monitor updates as they occur. updatedocket3

Track a Docket

Track multiple dockets and receive emails when there is an update to the docket.
For pricing information which could apply, see  Dockets Pricing.

How to Track a Docket

To Track a Docket, search and then open the docket and click Track Docket.

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The Select a desired Frequency from the drop-down options.
If you are interested in tracking the docket several times during the day, select Custom. You can track a federal court docket up to 5 times a day every day of the week. Click Accept.

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A confirmation pop-up displays and Your Docket track is created.

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Updates announcing changes to the docket are sent to your email address, see View Updates to Tracked Dockets.

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View Updates to Tracked Dockets

View Updates to Tracked Dockets

View red-lined changes to dockets being tracking. The page defaults to a date range of the current date and the previous month.

How to Manage Docket Tracks

Select My Work History, select Alerts and click Manage Your Alerts at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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Click the Management tab and in the Subscription Type options box, select Docket Tracks.

Click Edit to change the frequency or delete to remove a docket from tracking.

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How to View Updates to Tracked Dockets

Dockets being tracked send an email when the docket has been updated. Access the tracked document from the email, or:

  1. Select My Work History, select Alerts then click the Manage Your Alerts link.
  2. Click the Alerts Inbox tab and in the Type options box, select Docket Tracks.
  3. Click the Title to open the Docket.

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The Docket opens with the changes highlighted in red.

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Save a Search or Create an Alert

Breaking Complaints Overview

To view the most recent business-oriented complaints in the courts of key jurisdictions view Breaking Complaints. In-court researchers post new complaints in real-time; many will be in the Bloomberg Law system before they become more widely distributed.  
To access Breaking Complaints, enter "Breaking Complaints" in the Search bar. The Breaking Complaints Search Results screen displays. Filter the Results list by Court and Date.

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Breaking Complaint Coverage:

  • California Superior Court, Los Angeles County
  • California Superior Court, Orange County
  • California Superior Court, Santa Clara County
  • Connecticut Superior Court, Bridgeport & Fairfield
  • District of Columbia Superior Court
  • Florida Circuit Court Broward County Dockets
  • Florida Circuit Court Miami-Dade County Dockets
  • Georgia Superior Court, Fulton County
  • Illinois Circuit Court, Cook County, Chancery Division
  • Illinois Circuit Court, Cook County, Law Division
  • Massachusetts Superior Court Essex County
  • Massachusetts Superior Court, Middlesex County
  • Massachusetts Superior Court Norfolk County
  • Massachusetts Superior Court, Suffolk County
  • Minnesota 4th Judicial District, Hennepin County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Camden County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Essex County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Hudson County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Mercer County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Middlesex County
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Passaic County
  • New York Supreme Court, Kings County
  • New York Supreme Court, Nassau County
  • New York Supreme Court, New York County
  • New York Supreme Court, Queens County
  • Ohio Court of Common Pleas Cuyahoga County
  • Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Phildadelphia County
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)
  • Virginia Circuit Court, Alexandria County
  • Virginia Circuit Court, Arlington County
  • Virginia Circuit Court, Fairfax County

Breaking Complaints Alert

Click Create Search Alert to set up a search alert. The Dockets Search Options form displays with options for Title, Tags, Description, Frequency, Format, Sort, Show Parties in Report, and an option to set a Distribution List.

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The Email Alert is delivered at the Frequency selected, and is available as a downloadable EXCEL worksheet. Note: Alerts for new complaints that are set from the Dockets Specialized Search will include complaints that come through both the Breaking Complaints feed and traditional channels.

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Docket Coverage - U.S. and International

To examine the scope of the dockets available on Bloomberg Law use the fully interactive United States and International Maps. Click on a state in U.S. view, or country in International view and obtain the court name, coverage type, and dates of coverage.

How to Access the Docket Coverage Map

  1. To locate Docket Coverage, start typing “docket coverage” into the search bar and choose Docket Coverage Map.
  2. Mouse-over a state or country, and click the link for the full docket coverage.
  3. To view a list of full coverage for the entire United States, click View Full Coverage List.
  4. To view the costs to obtain the dockets, click the View Price List link.

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Docket Pleadings

Many dockets include a list of associated pleadings, some of which may be available to view on Bloomberg Law.
Docket items with the action listed as View are immediately available when you click them. In addition, if they are filed in a searchable format, they are included in keyword searches. Docket items where the action is listed as Request have not yet been loaded into Bloomberg Law. Depending on the court, such documents can be requested electronically or via courier and additional charges may apply.

*Note, if you arrive at a docket via a keyword search and the keyword is included inside a viewable pleading, the  docket entry number and the action will include yellow highlighting to inform you that the document is a match for your search.

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How to Request a Courier

If a particular pleading is not electronically available on a docket, or if you seek a filing in any U.S. court, you can elect to send a courier.

How to Request a Courier

  1. To load the Courier Request screen, from the Browse All Content menu select Litigation & Dockets, click Docket Requests, and then click the Courier Request Form link.
  2. The Courier Request page displays.
  3. Complete the form with as much information as possible to enable us to assist with your request. The Courier Request Form includes relevant pricing information.

Monitor Docket Requests

The Docket Requests screen allows you to monitor and review your docket tracks, updates and courier requests. Narrow your results and enter a date range and also a status—including View All, Completed, Awaiting Approval, In Process and Cancelled.

How to Search for In Process Requests Using Docket Requests

  1. From the Browse All Content menu, select Litigation & Dockets, and then click Docket Requests
  2. In the Status field, select In Process.

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