Case Opening/Complaint

Open AP Case - Complaint

To open a new Adversary Case:

Step 1.     Select Adversary

Step 2.     Select Open an AP Case-Complaint.

Step 3.     Select "Y" or "N"  for complaint.  Click Next.                                                                      

Step 4.     Enter lead bankruptcy case number.  Note:  Lead case number will be in format xx-bk-xxxxx. 

Step 5.     Select Association type.  Click Next.

Step 6.     View default assignment of Division & Judge.  Click Next.

Step 7.     Enter the party's last name/business name on the "Search for a Plaintiff" screen. Party search results appear.  If the Party's name appears, verify that the
                 name and address is correct.  If the name and address are correct, select the name from the list.  If the Party's name and address does not match exactly
                
or if the Party name does not appear (No person found), click Add/Create New Party.

Step 8.     Select the role in Bankruptcy case as debtor, creditor, other, etc on the "Party Information" screen.

Step 9.     Click on the Attorney button at the bottom of the Plaintiff Information screen.  Search for an attorney by Bar ID or Last name.  If the attorney's
                 name appears, verify that the address is the correct address.  If the address is correct, select the name from the list.  If the attorney's name and
                 address do not match exactly or the attorney's name does not appear, click Create New Attorney, fill in the attorney's information.  Then click Add Attorney.

Step 10.   Add any other necessary party information via the Plaintiff information screen, Alias or Corporate Parent buttons.   

Step 11.   Verify the Plaintiff's Information is correct .  Click Submit.

Step 12.   Continue adding all plaintiff parties via Steps 7 through 11.  When finished adding all plaintiff information, click the End Plaintiff Selection button.

Step 13.   Repeat the same process as Steps 7 through 11 but for defendant selection.  When finished adding defendant information, click the End Defendant Selection button.

Step 14.   Complete the requested information fields below.  Click Next. 

                 a)     Party code:  Select appropriate choice.
                 b)     Class Action:  Select appropriate choice.
                 c)     Jury Demand:  If one is requested, select appropriate choice.
                 d)     Demand:  Enter only to the nearest whole number. Note:  The system will automatically add three zeros to the amount entered.
                          Examples:  If the demand is for $215,585.87, enter 216.  If the demand is for $1,500,000.00 enter 1500.   If the demand is $9000, enter 9.
                 e)     State law:  Select appropriate choice.
                 f)      Nature of Suit:  Select the appropriate choice(s) upon order of importance if more than one nature of suit.

Step 13.   Browse, verify and attach the document ( PDF file).  Click the “Yes” radio button next to "Attachment to Documents" if uploading attachment(s).
                 Click Next.  If there are no attachments, skip to Step 15.  NOTE: An AP Cover Sheet is required at the time of opening an AP case.  
                 Don't forget to upload your cover sheet!

Step 14.   Attach supporting documents (if applicable).  Click Next.

Step 15.   View receipt screen.  If no fee is required because the Plaintiff is the United States, a debtor, a child support creditor or its representative, type EXEMPT
                 in the receipt field. If an application to defer the filing fee is filed because the Plaintiff is a trustee or debtor in possession type DEFER in the receipt field.
                 Otherwise, leave the receipt field blank.  Click Next.

Step 16.    Add the exact pleading title in the docket text box (if differs from docket text). Click Next.

Step 17.    Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits this transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify
                  this submission if you continue.          


NOTE:  Summons are automatically generated by the ECF system upon the opening of an AP case.  Scroll down to the bottom of your Notice of Electronic Filing.  The summons will be document number 2 on the Notice of Electronic Filing.  Click to view the summons.

 

Amended Complaint

 

Step 1.     Select Adversary.

Step 2.     Select Complaint & Summons.

Step 3.     Enter the case number.  Click Next.  Note: Ensure that the correct case name and number match the document you are filing.

Step 4.     Select the Amended Complaint event.  Click Next.

Step 5.     Select the party on whose behalf you are filing.  If the party is not listed, create the party by clicking the Add/Create Party link.  Click Next.

Step 6.     Select the party OR select a group that the filing is against.  If the party is not listed, click the Add/Create New Party link.

Step 7.     Browse, verify and attach the document ( PDF file).  Click the “Yes” radio button next to attachments to documents if uploading attachment(s).
                Click Next.  If there are no attachments, skip to Step 9.

Step 8.    Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 9.     Check the box to refer to an existing event(s).  Click Next.

Step 10.   Select the appropriate event(s) to which your event relates.  Click Next.

Step 11.   Add the exact pleading title in the docket text box (if differs from docket text).  Click Next.

Step 12.   Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify
                 the submission if you continue.  Click Next.

Counterclaim

 

Step 1.     Select Adversary.

Step 2.     Select Complaint & Summons.

Step 3.     Enter the case number.  Click Next.  Note: Ensure that the correct case name and number match the document you are filing.

Step 4.     Select the Counterclaim event.  Click Next. 

Step 5.     Browse, verify and attach the document ( PDF file).  Click the “Yes” radio button next to attachments to documents if uploading attachment(s).  
                Click Next.  If there are no attachments, skip to Step 7.

Step 6.     Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 7.     Select the party OR select a group that the filing is against.  If the party is not listed, click the Add/Create New Party link.

Step 8.     Select the party on whose behalf you are filing.  If the party is not listed, create the party by clicking the Add/Create Party link.  Click Next.

Step 9.     Add the exact pleading title in the docket text box (if differs from docket text).  Click Next.

Step 10.   Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify
                 the submission if you continue.  Click Next.

Crossclaim

 

Step 1.     Select Adversary.

Step 2.     Select Complaint & Summons.

Step 3.     Enter the case number.  Click Next.  Note: Ensure that the correct case name and number match the document you are filing.

Step 4.     Select the Crossclaim event.  Click Next

Step 5.     Browse, verify and attach the document ( PDF file).  Click the “Yes” radio button next to attachments to documents if uploading attachment(s).  
                Click Next.  If there are no attachments, skip to Step 7.

Step 6.     Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 7.     Select the party OR select a group that the filing is against.  If the party is not listed, click the Add/Create New Party link.

Step 8.     Select the party on whose behalf you are filing.  If the party is not listed, create the party by clicking the Add/Create Party link.  Click Next.

Step 9.     Add the exact pleading title in the docket text box (if differs from docket text).  Click Next.

Step 10.   Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify the
                 submission if you continue.  Click Next.

Open an MP Case - Registration of Foreign Proceeding

 

Step 1.     Select Adversary.

Step 2.     Select Open an MP Case-Registration of Foreign Proceeding.

Step 3.     Select the office from the drop down. 

Step 4.     Answer “Yes” or “No” as to whether you are filing a complaint to open the MP.  Click Next.

Step 5.     Select the association type from the drop down.  Click Next.

Step 6.     View the assigned division for your case.  Click Next.

Step 7.     Select “Yes” or “No” from the dropdown as to whether you are the lead attorney on the case.  Click Next.

Step 8.     Search for a party by entering the last/business name and selecting the Search button.  If the name and address of the party are found and match exactly, 
                 click the select name from list button and skip to Step 10.  If the plaintiff is not found, click the Create new party button.   

Step 9.     Enter the party’s information (NOTE: Leave the country field blank). 

Step 10.   Select from the dropdown the role of the party. 

Step 11.   Add any aliases and/or corporate parent/affiliates, if applicable.  Click submit.

Step 12.   Repeat Steps 8-11 if you are entering multiple parties.  If you have no more parties, click the End Party Selection button. 

Step 13.   Search for a defendant by entering the last/business name and selecting the Search button.  If the name and address of the plaintiff are
                 found and match exactly, click the select name from list button and skip to Step 10.  If the plaintiff is not found, click the Create new party button.   

Step 14.   Enter the defendant’s information (Please leave the country field blank). 

Step 15.   Select from the dropdown the role of the defendant in the lead bankruptcy case. 

Step 16.   Add any aliases and/or corporate parent/affiliates, if applicable.  Click submit.

Step 17.   Repeat Steps 13-16 if you are entering multiple defendants.  If you have no more defendants, click the End Defendant Selection button. 

Step 18.   Select from the drop down answers to the information below.  Click Next.

                 a)     Party Code;
                 b)     Class Action;
                 c)     Jury Demand;
                 d)     Demand Amount, if applicable;
                 e)     State law;
                  f)     Nature(s) of suit

Step 19.     Browse, verify and attach the document ( PDF file).  Click the “Yes” radio button next to attachments to documents if 
                   uploading attachment(s).  Click Next.  NOTE:  Don’t forget to upload your cover sheet!

Step 20.     Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 21.     View fee amount.  Click Next.

Step 22.     Add the exact pleading title in the docket text box (if differs from docket text).  Click Next.

Step 23.     Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify
                   the submission if you continue.  Click Next.

 

Third Party Complaint

 

Step 1.     Select Adversary.

Step 2.     Select Complaint & Summons.

Step 3.     Enter the case number.  Click Next.  Note: Ensure that the correct case name and number match the  document you are filing.

Step 4.     Select the Third-Party Complaint event.  Click Next. 

Step 5.     Browse, verify, attach the document ( PDF file).  Click the “Yes” radio button next to attachments to documents if uploading attachment(s).
                Click Next.  If there are no attachments, skip to Step 7.

Step 6.     Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 7.     Select the party on whose behalf you are filing.  If the party is not listed, create the party by clicking the Add/Create Party link.  Click Next. 

Step 8.     Select the party OR select a group that you are filing the Third-Party Complaint against.  If the party is not listed, click the Add/Create New Party link.

Step 9.     Add the exact pleading title in the docket text box (if differs from docket text).  Click Next.

Step 10.   Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify the
                 submission if you continue.  Click Next.