Open Adversary Proceeding
OPEN an Adversary Proceeding (AP) CASE:
(Please also refer to our Filing Requirements Page for additional information).
Important! Related bankruptcy case number must be verified before opening adversary case.
- Select Adversary
- Select Open an Adversary Proceeding
- If Complaint; select "y". If Notice of Removal; select "n".
Add Associated Cases screen:
- Enter lead bankruptcy case number.
- Bypass the "Association type" field. Default is "Adversary"
- Messages displayed
ATTENTION: DO NOT ENTER ADDRESSES FOR THE PLAINTIFF(S) AND ONLY ENTER AN ADDRESS FOR THE DEFENDANT(S) IF THAT PARTY IS THE DEBTOR. REMINDER: On the Plaintiff information screen, if applicable, add Corporate parent.
Question: Are you lead attorney?
- Search for a Plaintiff screen:
Enter social security number, tax identification number or last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for plaintiff name in ECF database.
If plaintiff's name appears in the Party search results, select the name from the list and verify Plaintiff information.
If plaintiff's information is the same (pop up window), click on "Select name from list" button.
If plaintiff name does not appear, click on "Create new party".
NOTE: Name selected from the system or name created MUST match EXACTLY as Plaintiff name appears on complaint.
Party Information screen:
This screen appears for selected name or creating new party.
NOTE: If name selected or created contains information in address fields, Remove. Address not needed when Plaintiff represented by attorney.
Select Role in Bankruptcy Case for plaintiff
If Co-Counsel, click Add additional attorney
If Plaintiff has alias, click the "Alias" button.
Complete all appropriate fields for alias(es).
Select appropriate Role for alias(es) (aka, dba, fdba, fda).
Click Add aliases
Review plaintiff's information once more before submission.
Continue to add all plaintiffs, when finished click "End plaintiff selection".
- Search for defendant
Follow same process as above when the plaintiff(s) was added.
If the defendant(s) is the debtor, you MUST add the debtor's address to the system.
Continue to add all defendants. When finished, click "End defendant selection".
- Open Adversary Case (statistical) screen: The adversary Cover Sheet will assist you in entering the proper information.
Select appropriate Party Code.
Select appropriate Nature of Suit
NOTE: If filing consists of "41 (Obj/Revocation Discharge 727)", make this the primary suit. Additional Nature of Suit(s) can be entered with a maximum of 5.
Select "Y" if filing refers to a class action.
Select "plaintiff" if filing requests a jury demand.
Enter amount for demand (i.e., 5 = 5000).
State law - Default is "n"
Browse, verify and attach the Complaint and Adversary Cover Sheet
Attach supporting documents, if applicable
The system will display this question:
Is the Plaintiff(s) in this adversary the Debtor(s) or a Child Support Creditor or Representative?
If he answer is Yes, the filing fee is not charged.
If the answer is No, the next screen is
Fee (See Fee Schedule for the current Fee)
NOTE: If Adversary Cover Sheet not included with PDF of complaint, MUST be filed next as a separate document.
The next screen allows you to "Modify Text". You may pick from the dropdown box or add free text.
VERIFY filing entry is correct before submitting the "Final Docket Text".
The Notice of Electronic Filing displays. This completes the filing. Note the Adversary case number assigned.
Scroll down to the link for Summons Issued. Click on link to print Summons.
Please refer to our Online Payment Page for these instructions.