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.