6. Nolo Press/Folk Law, Inc. ("Nolo Press"). Nolo Press is a California corporation with its principal place of business in Berkeley, California. Nolo Press is one of the nation's largest publishers of self-help legal books and software. Its publications are distributed and sold throughout the United States, including within the State of Texas.
7. The Texas Library Association ("TLA"). TLA is a membership association organized as a Texas non-profit corporation with its headquarters in Travis County, Texas. It is the largest state library association in the United States. Established in 1902, TLA has over 7,200 members employed in all types of libraries: academic, public, school, and special. TLA's membership also includes library users, supporters and vendors. TLA was established to promote and improve library services in Texas. Its objectives include (1) encouraging the identification, development, and maintenance of library services which will meet the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Texas; (2) increasing the effectiveness of libraries; (3) advancing the standards and ideals of the profession; (4) increasing attention to intellectual freedom and social responsibility as an action-oriented association; and (5) working cooperatively with other associations and organizations in developing joint activities which relate to the provision of library services, the selection, distribution and use of books and other materials, the support of intellectual freedom, and the enhancement of educational opportunities. TLA's members across Texas purchase and maintain Nolo Press' publications as part of their libraries' collections, and they make these publications available to all the citizens of Texas. TLA joins this lawsuit on its own behalf and on behalf of its members in order to protect the right to acquire and distribute Nolo Press' valuable publications, and to protect library users' right to access and use these publications.
8. The American Association of Law Libraries ("AALL"). AALL, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a not-for-profit membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia. It was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the public, the legal community, and the world; to foster the profession of law librarianship; and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 4,800 members nationwide and nearly 220 members in the state of Texas, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions, including law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, courts, and state, court and county public law libraries. AALL's members recognize that the availability of legal information to all people is a necessary requirement for a just and democratic society. Law librarians in Texas include the purchase of Nolo Press' self-help materials as part of their library's collection development plans and witness the benefits to the public of Nolo Press' high quality self-help publications. Law librarians in Texas, including AALL's members, would like to be free to continue to acquire Nolo Press publications in the future and to continue to make them available to their users with no constraints as to who may access them or the purpose to which they may be put.
9. James S. Arrington. Mr. Arrington is retired from the electronics business and the medical field. He formed a construction business in Texas in conjunction with one of his sons, and he formed a manufacturing business in Tulsa, Oklahoma with another one of his sons. Mr. Arrington formed the Texas corporation with the help of a publication by Nolo Press. For the Oklahoma corporation, Mr. Arrington elected to hire an attorney. He knows the difference between buying a book and hiring an attorney, and he believes he has the right to make an informed decision as to whether to choose to hire an attorney in a given situation. He joins this lawsuit in order to preserve his right to make that choice, and his right to purchase and use Nolo Press publications in Texas in the future.
10. Tammy L. Meek. Ms. Meek is a resident of Williamson County, Texas. She is a claims representative for an insurance company, and an unmarried woman in her 20's. Her family lives outside of Texas. Ms. Meek prepared her own will and her own medical directive with the help of Nolo Press' Willmaker software. As her life circumstances change, Ms. Meek anticipates that she will need to update these legal documents and create other documents regarding her personal and legal matters. She believes she has a right to choose whether to prepare documents for herself or to pay a lawyer to do so. She is joining in this lawsuit in order to preserve her right to obtain and use information about the legal system, to buy and use Nolo Press' publications, and to represent herself, if she chooses, in matters effecting her legal rights.
11. Carol Janes Moya. Ms. Moya is a is a resident of Travis County, Texas. A number of years ago, Ms. Moya successfully represented herself in a divorce proceeding, and drafted a divorce decree with the aid of a Nolo - Occidental publication that was signed and entered by a Travis County District Judge. She has also prepared her own will using a Nolo Press publication, and has bought the Nolo Press book How to Form a Texas Corporation. She would like to continue to be able to buy or borrow from libraries Nolo Press publications in the future in Texas. Ms. Moya contends that she has the right to prepare her own legal documents and to have free access to information about the legal system and tools to help her do so. She is joining in this lawsuit in order to preserve her right to obtain and use information about the legal system, to buy and use Nolo Press' publications, and to represent herself, if she chooses, in matters effecting her legal rights.
12. Cynthia M. Russell. Ms. Russell is a resident of Travis County, Texas. She is an expert on public school finance and she owns and operates a sole proprietorship consulting business named Cindy M. Russell, Consulting. She has used Nolo Press' publications in the past for her personal use and for her business, including Willmaker and Small Business Legal Pro software. Ms. Russell believes she has a right to obtain information about the legal system and to make her own choices about where to get that information and how to use it. Ms. Russell joins in this lawsuit in order to preserve her right in the future to obtain and use information about the legal system, to buy and use Nolo Press' publications, and to represent herself, if she chooses, in matters effecting her legal rights.
13. Randall R. Walker. Mr. Walker is a resident of Travis County, Texas. He is an environmental engineer, and he owns and operates his own business, Walker Engineering Services. Mr. Walker has used Nolo Press' Small Business Legal Pro in his business. He knows the difference between hiring a lawyer and buying software, and he believes he has the right to decide himself whether and when to spend the finite funds available to his business on a lawyer, or to draft simple documents and agreements himself. He joins this lawsuit to preserve this right, and to preserve his right to purchase and use Nolo Press publications in the future.
14. Michael R. Whitworth. Mr. Whitworth is a resident of Travis County, Texas. He is the owner of a small custom computer programming business called Austin Automation. Mr. Whitworth is an experienced businessman who has used Nolo Press' publications in his business, including the publication Software Development, A Legal Guide. He understands the difference between hiring a lawyer and purchasing a book or computer software, and he believes he has the right to draft his business' contracts himself, if he chooses, and to use Nolo Press' publications to help him do so. Mr. Whitworth joins this lawsuit to preserve his right to freely obtain information about the legal system, and to purchase and use Nolo Press' publications in Texas in the future.