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Adversary Proceedings

An Adversary Proceeding is a lawsuit arising in or related to a bankruptcy case.  It is commenced by filing a complaint with the Court.

Required Documents:

Number of Copies:


Adversary Cover Sheet (not required when case is filed electronically)

Filing fee unless plaintiff is:

  • Trustee (in all chapters)
  • Chapter 7, 12, or 13 debtor
  • Chapter 11 debtor who does not have a confirmed plan


Paper filer: Original + appropriate number of copies as needed for service on defendant(s) and filer/plaintiff's file


Pursuant to Rule 7004(e), the Summons, Complaint, and Preliminary Pretrial Order must be served within 7 days from the date the Summons is issued.  Proof of Service is required to be filed with the Court.