Duplicate Case Filings

Effective June 27, 2012, the court will no longer expunge inadvertently duplicate case filings.  Duplicate case filings occur as a result of duplicate submission by an ECF filer or filer’s staff.  In the past, some filers were accustomed to requesting that the court order the expungement of the duplicate case filings from the court record. However, because the court docket is available immediately to all PACER users, who can download, print and distribute information, the fact of the duplicate case filings is not eliminated as a result of an order of expungement and complications for the debtor resulting from the duplicate case filings become more difficult to resolve when the docket is purged. Under the new procedure, duplicate case filing by an ECF filer, the filer is responsible for paying the filing fee associated with the duplicate filings and filing of a motion to dismiss the duplicate case.