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News & Announcements: 2015

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.


The meetings of creditors for La Crosse will soon be held in a new location. Beginning January, 2016, the meetings will be conducted at: Common Council Chambers Onalaska City Hall 415 Main Street Onalaska, WI 54650


The Madison and Eau Claire offices will be closed on November 11, 2015 for the Veterans' Day Holiday. The Madison and Eau Claire offices will be closed November 26-27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Urgent Notice to Debtors Phone scammers are targeting consumers in several states, using personal information from bankruptcy filings and posing as attorneys to get intended victims to immediately wire money to satisfy a debt. Scammers use software to “spoof” the Caller ID system so the call appears to be originating from the phone line of the consumer’s bankruptcy attorney. Typically the calls come late in the evening or during non-business hours to make it difficult for intended victims to verify the call by contacting their attorney. Consumers receiving this kind of call are advised to hang up and contact their bankruptcy attorney as soon as possible. Do not provide any personal or financial account information to the caller. Do not send funds to the caller by any means. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys issued a warning that “Under no circumstances would a bankruptcy attorney or staff member telephone a client and ask for a wire transfer immediately to...


Revisions to the Official Bankruptcy Forms will go into effect on December 1, 2015. Significant changes to the voluntary and involuntary petitions and schedules will impact case processing procedures. The files below provide an overview on the form and schedule changes. (Note: It is the same information, just different file formats) Implementing Official 2015 Bankruptcy Forms in CM/ECF--For Attorneys (pdf) Implementing Official 2015 Bankruptcy Forms in CM/ECF--For Attorneys (ppt)


The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin hereby gives notice of proposed permanent changes in its Local Rules, and invites comment thereon. The new Rules will go into effect on December 1, 2015. Summary of Proposed Changes Local Rules Redlined Version   The court hereby invites public comments on the proposed rules. Comments may be submitted via email to: or via regular mail no later than November 9, 2015 and addressed to: Clerk's Office Attn: Local Rules Feedback U.S. Bankruptcy Court-Western District of Wisconsin 120 N. Henry St., Room 340 Madison, WI 53703


Most Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015, if the changes are approved by the Judicial Conference at its meeting in September 2015. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is currently working with the software vendors so their programs will be ready to generate the revised forms by the December 1 effective date. We will provide additional information and guidance as the implementation date approaches. Pending Offical Bankruptcy Form Changes