Bloomberg Law has dockets and case documents in bankruptcy cases. Dockets are available by chapter, including Chapter 7, 13, 9, 15, and 11, with a section for recent Chapter 11 cases. Documents in pdf may be linked from the docket ; other documents are available on request if they are available in PACER . Docket searching available by court, docket number, party, judge, attorney or firm, date range, and case status, plus keywords from the document descriptions. Specific bankruptcy docket search options include chapter number and nature of the suit (dischargeability, fraudulent transfer). Set up docket tracking to notify you of new documents in a tracked case.
Westlaw Bankruptcy Practitioner Insights has links to the databases for Trial Court Orders, Trial Court Documents, and Briefs. Fields to search in Advanced Search include parties, attorney, docket number, and court, as well as full text.
Bankruptcy DataSource has company profiles, filing information, news, and detailed summaries of reorganization plans of large publicly-traded companies. Include the document type in your search: “Chapter 11 Summary.”
Lexis Advance has bankruptcy briefs, motions, pleadings, and other court documents in pdf. Go to Browse Sources>Practice Areas & Topics>Bankruptcy. Narrow your results by jurisdiction or court, or by search terms.
Mega Case Dockets on the Internet
Dockets and case documents for large Chapter 11 cases are often available in free web sources. Contents and formats of the documents available will vary, but may include the docket, reorganization plans, schedules, lists of creditors, First Day Motions, orders, and notices.
Making documents available online helps to meet the requirements of the trustee and Debtor-in-Possession under §704(7), §1106(a)(1), and §1107(a) to furnish information concerning the estate and the estate’s administration, and the requirements of the creditors’ committee under §1102(b)(3)(A) to provide access to information for creditors. There is no single directory or index for finding them, although documents for many Chapter 11 cases are available on the websites for claims agents, including Kurtzman Carson Consultants, Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions, and BMC Group. Try a search using Google (or another search engine) with the name of the debtor company and “docket,” “chapter 11 reorganization,” or the particular document.
Bankruptcy Court websites frequently include calendars, orders, and opinions, and may include links to pending mega cases. See:
- Southern District of New York: Mega Cases section
- Northern District of Illinois: Megacase Information
- District of Delaware: Table of Chapter 11 Cases
- Eastern District of Michigan: has the Detroit Chapter 9 case
Legal news stories and blogs may report on, provide the docket number for, and link to filings and other documents for new bankruptcy cases.
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records): Federal court dockets and some court documents, including for bankruptcy cases, are available in PACER. Use requires a PACER password; Emory law students should see a reference librarian about using PACER. Since PACER is not searchable, start with a docket number. There are fees for using PACER.
Bankruptcy courts offer electronic notices to creditors and interested parties.