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Opinions are released and posted to the website in PDF (Portable Document Format).  To view an opinion in PDF format, click on the case name. Note: You must have the free Acrobat Reader installed.

Opinions are also provided on the website in Word format.  The opinions are compressed together into one ZIP or EXE file. To read them, you must download either the ZIP or the EXE file, extract the opinions, and then use WordPerfect or a compatible word processor (such as Word) to read the opinions.

If you don't understand file compression, the easiest thing to do is just to download the EXE file, find it on your hard drive, and then double-click on its icon to have it auto-extract the opinions for you - If it asks you whether to "open" or "save" the file, choose "open" and that way the self-extractor will automatically run. The opinions will be extracted to a folder on your hard drive called "c:\opinions". You can then open the opinion files with a word processor.


Acrobat format, also called Portable Document Format (PDF), preserves the original appearance of a document without requiring you to possess the software that created that document. With the proper software, you can view and print PDF files even if you don't have the word processor that was used to create them, and you can do it right from your Web browser. You can get a free Acrobat viewer (needed to view Acrobat files) from Adobe's website. You may need to shut-down and reboot your computer after installation.

For information about, and software for, making Acrobat documents accessible to the visually impaired or disabled, go to


ZIP is a compression format commonly used to "squish" files on personal computers so that the files take up less room. Such compression is often used on the Internet so that file transfers are faster. Think of a zipped file as a canned food - to use it you must open the can and dump out the contents. This process of re-expanding the compressed files is called extraction.

The ZIP files we provide here are actually WordPerfect or Word documents when unzipped. There may be more than one compacted file squished inside a ZIP file. Thus, when you expand the ZIP file, you may end up with more than one file.

ZIP files, which have ".zip" as the last part of their filename, must be extracted using an unzipping software tool (a can opener), such as WinZip (for PCs) or Unzip (for Macs).


EXE files are Self-extracting ZIP files that can be downloaded by PC users. They have ".exe" as the last part of their filenames. They have a built-in extractor program as part of them, which makes them slightly larger than regular ZIP files. Think of this as a canned food with an attached can opener.

There are several ways to activate the self-extractor. The first way is from your web browser. If it asks you whether to "open" or "save" the file, choose "open" and that way the self-extractor will automatically run.

The other way is to save the self-extracting file on your harddrive or a floppy disk, and then run it by double-clicking on it from FileManger (Win3.1), Windows Explorer (Win95/NT), the Desktop (Win95/NT). Do not attempt to open an EXE with WordPerfect or Word. It will not work.

Either way, in a couple of seconds a DOS emulation window will appear. When it reads "Finished" at the top, click on the X in the upper right-hand corner of the window if the window doesn't disappear automatically. The WordPerfect files will then be located on your hardrive or floppy disk in the same directory as the EXE file you saved. If you chose to open the EXE file from your web browser, they will be located in your browser's default download directory.