As a part of the court's recent upgrade to CM/ECF version 4.1, the court's Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) contractor has made three noticing-related improvements of which you should be aware:
A. BNC Certificate of Notice
For documents noticed to recipients through the BNC AND through a CM/ECF-generated (i.e., emailed) Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF), the BNC Certificate of Notice will reflect both BNC and CM/ECF NEF recipients. Information regarding who was noticed by NEF, and the email address where they were noticed, will be appended to the BNC Certificate of Notice.
B. Emailed bypass Notice to Debtor's Attorneys
The court uses the BNC to mail notices, but the BNC can send notices only to valid addresses. If an address is not valid, the United States Postal Service (USPS) treats such mail as undeliverable. The BNC bypasses notices with undeliverable addresses from printing and mailing.
Effective immediately, the BNC will send only email notification to the debtor's attorney or pro sedebtor when a notice to an intended recipient on the mailing matrix is bypassed due to an undeliverable address. Debtors' attorneys will no longer receive paper bypass notices mailed by the BNC.
Please DO NOT file these bypass notifications with address corrections. Any corrections to the mailing matrix in a case should be made through the "Add to Matrix" function in CM/ECF. The court will not change a creditor's address, but will simply add the corrected address (as provided through the "Add to Matrix" function) to the matrix for any future mailings.
C. Emailed Notices of Commencement of Case
Effective immediately, registered users of CM/ECF will receive the Notice of Commencement of Case (aka "the 341 notice") only by email from an @noticingcenter.com email address. This notice WILL contain the complete Social Security number(s) of the debtor(s), not redacted information. The email of the 341 notice will go ONLY to the primary email address on a registered user's account, and NOT to any secondary email accounts. Registered users will no longer receive a paper copy of the 341 notice by mail.
Prior to the 4.1 conversion, the 341 notice came from the court's email address rather than from the noticing center's email address. Some attorneys report that their software has not recognized the noticing center's email address and they have had to manually save the 341 notices to their software.
We have recently received calls from attorneys having problems filing a matrix with their EZ-Filing bankruptcy software. They are unable to file directly from their software or use the case upload feature in CM to file the matrix. The filing method that appears to work is to use the open voluntary case in CM. There may also be problems with the bankruptcy software capturing the statistical data.
We believe this is a problem related to the 4.1 upgrade and we are checking CM for any problems as well. Until this issue is resolved, however, filers should contact EZ-Filing if they have problems filing a matrix or have missing data in the filing.
If you have continuing problems please call the technical help desk at 612-664-5275.
The information sent out concerning changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule effective November 1 incorrectly stated the amount of the fee for filing a Notice of Appeal or Cross Appeal. The correct filing fee is $298.00.