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Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan Adopts New Local Rules

The local rules for the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan have been amended, effective August 1, 2012.  The new rules can be found here in their entirety.

A redline version of the rules, showing the amendments, can be found here. (We have identified that the following link is no longer active, and it has been removed)

Among other changes, practitioners should review the following amendments:

  • Each individual in a joint case must file a separate Schedule C.  LBR 1007-2(b).
  • Document production to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 trustees is now regulated by the local rules.  LBR 1007-2(f).
  • When filing an amendment to the petition or a list, schedule, or any statement, the debtor must file the entire amended document and highlight the amendment in some fashion.  LBR 1009(a).
  • The procedures for appointing professionals in Chapter 11 cases have been revised.  LBR 2014.
  • Fee application procedures have been revised.  LBR 2016-2.
  • Use of the Model Chapter 13 Plan is mandatory, as provided in new LBR  3015(d).
  • The procedures for seeking relief from the automatic stay have been revised.  LBR 4001-1.
  • New rules have been added regarding redaction, the use of electronic transcripts, docketed audio files, and filing documents under seal.  LBR 9037-1 through 9037-4.

Attorneys and other bankruptcy professionals should review the new rules carefully to ensure compliance.

Categories: Western District of Michigan

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practice focuses on bankruptcy, municipal law, collections, and trial-level and appeals litigation. In the bankruptcy arena, she represents primarily Chapter 7 trustees. Laura has handled a wide range of trial and appellate matters for individual and business clients and has appeared before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan, as well as Michigan circuit and district courts across the state.

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