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Proposed Amendments Published For Public Comment - August 2014
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the judiciary’s website at
The public comment period ends February 17, 2015.

Case Assignments
Please see the attached document for case assignments for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of MI.

26th Annual FBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar (Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, MI)
Seminar schedule and registration information is now available for the 26th Annual FBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar to be held July 31, August 1 and 2, 2014, at Boyne Highlands at Harbor Springs, MI.

Register on line at or in paper as noted in the registration information.

New E-Order Program
Beginning May 19, 2014, the Court will be making changes to its procedures for the submission of proposed orders. Please view the E-Orders Program for more information.

Miscellaneous Fee Increases Effective June 1, 2014
Miscellaneous Fee Increases effective June 1, 2014. Please see the Notice of Fee Changes for more information.

New Email Subscription Service
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan is pleased to announce that we have implemented a new email subscription service to make it easier for you to learn about updates on the topics which interest you. With this new service you can password protect your subscriptions and preferences, change your email address, or remove yourself at any time by accessing your Manage Subscriptions page. You’ll find convenient links to your Subscriber Preferences in the footer of every message. You will need to log in with your email address. Be sure to save your changes, and look for a confirmation via email verifying the updates you make. Please note that all CM/ECF Registered Filers have been enrolled for both CM/ECF Updates and Court News. Warning: If you unsubscribe or change your CM/ECF email address and do not update your address for this service, you will not receive important information regarding CM/ECF Updates, maintenance, etc. Please share this email with others in your organization who may wish to subscribe.

Thank you for your continued interest in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.

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.

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

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