Hello Durfeedude, and thanks for your question.
The best way to access the type of informatin you're after is to sign
up to the PACER system of the U.S. Courts. Sign-up information, and
general background on PACER, can be found here:
"What is PACER?
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic
public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket
information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts,
and from the U.S. Party/Case Index."
Click on the "Registration" button to get the sign-up information.
Signing up is a bit cumbersome, as it involves a snail-mail
application form, but once you're registered, the system can search on
existing cases by company name, as well as (if you're interested)
dates of the suit, and type of suit (contract dispute, trademark
There is a small charge to use PACER, but by "small", I really mean
*small*. They charge 7 cents a page for any material you access -- I
rarely wind up paying more than $.35 for any case I'm looking up.
Results vary from court to court and case to case, but generally look
like this. I searched on recent cases involving IBM and got 95 hits.
A typical record starts off identifying the case, court, judge,
parties, and their attorneys:
U.S. District Court
Middle District of Florida (Tampa)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 00-CV-743
IBM v. Provider Solutions
Assigned to: Judge James D. Whittemore
Nature of Suit: 190
Lead Docket: None
Dkt# in other court: None
Cause: 28:1332 Diversity-Breach of Contract
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Ronald J. Marlowe
MACHINES CORPORATION [COR LD NTC]
plaintiff Stephens Lynn Klein LaCava
Hoffman & Puya, P.A.
301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
PROVIDER SOLUTIONS CORP. James Lee Clark
defendant [COR LD NTC]
Law Office of James L. Clark
1902 S. MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33609
The record then goes on to identify all the docket entries in the
case, and these are also (sometimes) retrievable through the PACER
Hope this is what you need. If anything is not clear, or requires
elaboration, just post a Request for Clarification, and let me know
how I can assist you further.