Open AP Case

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Open AP Case
Last Updated: June 24, 2005

An Adversary is a lawsuit arising in or related to a bankruptcy case. It is commenced by filing a complaint with the court.

Step-by-Step Procedures:
To File Electronically

  1. In CM/ECF, Select [Adversary].

  2. Select [Open an AP Case].

    • Do not enter a case number.

    • Case type “ap”

    • Date filed (today’s date)

    • Complaint “y”

  3. Enter Lead Case Number.

    • Association Type is Adversary.

  4. Case assignment appears next.

  5. Search for a Party screen:

    • Enter last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for plaintiff name in database.

    • Party search results:

      • If plaintiff name appears, select the name.

      • If plaintiff name does not appear, click on “Create new party."

  6. Party Information screen:
    This screen appears for selected name or creating new party.

    • Enter address information if known.

    • Select Role “Plaintiff.”

  7. Select the “Attorney” button and search by last name of attorney representing plaintiff.

    • Review plaintiff information once more before submission.

  8. Repeat steps for each plaintiff and defendant.  

    Note: When entering defendant(s), do not enter attorney for defendant(s) at this time. Change pro se field to yes.

  9. Case Information Screen:

    • Select Party Code.

    • Select only one nature of suit (ALWAYS select 727 objection to discharge if it is one of the suits).

    • Origin-default “original proceeding.”

    • Transfer date (court function).

    • Rule 23 (class action) - default  “n.”

    • Jury demand (default none) .

    • Enter dollar demand to the nearest thousand (e.g. enter 5 for $5,000).

  10. Browse

    to Select the Complaint (pdf file).

  11. The filing fee exceptions screen appears. Leave the Fee box blank if any of the 3 special cases apply to you..

  12. The trustee fee option screen appears. Follow the instructions for Trustees/ DIP's on the screen

  13. Click [Next]

  14. Verify the final docket text; if correct, click [Next] to submit your document(s).





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