USBC WDMI Court News

Save the Date - Honorable James D. Gregg Retirement Party
A retirement party for the Honorable James D. Gregg will be held at Blythefield Country Club on June 26, 2014, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Details to follow.

Save the Date - 26th Annual FBA Bankruptcy Seminar
The 2014 Bankruptcy Seminar is scheduled for July 31 - August 2, 2014 at the Boyne Highlands Resort located in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Please see attached flyer more information.

Notice Regarding Debtor Audits
The United States Trustee Program (USTP) has established procedures for independent audit firms to audit petitions, schedules, and other information in consumer bankruptcy cases, as authorized by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 586(f), the USTP contracts with independent accounting firms to perform audits in designated cases.

Due to budgetary constraints, in March, 2013 the USTP suspended its designation of cases subject to audit. Effective March 10, 2014, the USTP will resume the designation of cases for audit.
Bankruptcy Rule and Form Changes Effective December 1, 2013:
Please see the Information Packet developed by the U. S. Bankruptcy Courts of Oklahoma regarding the amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules, changes to official Bankruptcy Forms and modifications to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule effective December 1, 2013. In particular, please note that Item 19 of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule is amended to include a new fee in the amount of $176.00 to file a motion for the sale of property free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. Section 363(f). 

Memorandum Regarding Allowance of Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses for Court-Appointed Professionals:
Pursuant to LBR 2016-2(e)(2)(A), this memorandum has replaced Exhibit 5 of the Court's Local Bankruptcy Rules. The amended guidelines are effective October 1, 2013.

Court Closing
In Accordance with Administrative Order 2013-1, please be advised that the court will be closed on Friday, November 29, 2013, and Tuesday, December 24, 2013. All court filings due on November 29, 2013 and/or December 24, 2013, will be accepted as timely on Monday, December 2, 2013 and Thursday, December 26, 2013, respectively, in accordance with Bankruptcy Rule 9006(a)(3)(A).

Sixth Circuit Judicial Council Lists Final Nominees for Bankruptcy Judge Positions
The Sixth Circuit Judicial Council has posted a list of recommended candidates to be considered for appointment to the bankruptcy judge positions in the Western District of Michigan. Written comments regarding the qualifications of these candidates are now being accepted. Please visit the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to view the list of candidates and for more information on the process for submitting writtten comments. 

Bankruptcy Court Announcements (10/09/2013)
Announcements from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Debtors Bar of West Michigan (2014 Winter Seminar)
The Debtors Bar for the Western District of Michigan will be conducting its 4th Annual Winter Seminar on Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Grand Valley State University, L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please note that this is an all-day educational seminar being held once again on a federal holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) when the court is closed. Please see the attached brochure and parking map for further information.

Save the Dates (Retirement & Holiday Gatherings):
The Federal Bar Association will be hosting a series of events to honor the retirement of Judge Gregg and Judge Hughes. Please see the attached for dates and information regarding this as well as the schedule for this years holiday gatherings.

Electronic Proofs of Claim (ePOC):
The Clerk's office is excited to announce the implementation of ePOC. ePOC enables creditors without a CM/ECF login/password to electronically file proofs of claim via a link on the court's website; thereby eliminating the need to complete the paper copy of the official proof of claim form and mailing it to the court for filing. The ePOC module allows creditors to populate and electronically file the Official Form B10, attach supporting documentation (optional) and receive immediate verification of the filing. Creditors can electronically file amended claims as well. The court strongly encourages creditors to take advantage of this fast, free and efficient method of filing their proofs of claim. For more information and instructions on how to utilize this feature, please go to: Electronic Filing of Proof of Claim Information . If you are ready to file a claim, please go directly to: ePOC

Proposed Amendments Published For Public Comment:
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be reviewed for public comment. The public comment period ends February 15, 2014. Please see Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure for proposed amendments.

CM/ECF 5.1 Upgrade Information
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan will upgrade to the lastest version of the CM/ECF software, Release 5.1 beginning on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm. This upgrade is estimated to be completed on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 by 1:00pm. View the release notes here Version 5.0 and Version 5.1.

New Claims Transfer Fee
Effective May 1, 2013, a fee of $25 will be charged for each claim transferred. Please see notice for more information.

The Judicial Conference has published the increased dollar amounts that will be effective April 1, 2013. This is an inflation adjustment in the Bankruptcy Code. Please note that these increases do not apply for cases commenced prior to the effective date. Seven Official Bankruptcy Forms (1, 6C, 6E, 7, 10, 22A & 22C) and two Director's Forms (200 & 283) are amended to reflect these dollar amounts. For more information, please see US Courts Website.

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