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Bankruptcy Law Research

Introduction and guide to bankruptcy research at Boston College Law School

Tracking corporate bankruptcy filings

Bankruptcy Datasource tracks public company bankruptcy filings for companies whose assets exceed $50 million. The database includes reorg plans, general news and company profiles. Access Bankruptcy Datasource on Lexis.com or LexisNexis Academic (not yet available on Lexis Advance).

Courthouse News Service serves as a news outlet for legal news and also produces daily regional reports on bankruptcy filings. Reports such as Northeast Bankruptcy Report or Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Report will detail the latest large bankruptcy filings, total assets and liabilities and major creditors, noting if the debt is secured or unsecure.                                                         

Locating Bankruptcy Court Dockets

BC Law faculty and students can access bankruptcy dockets using their Bloomberg Law accounts.  BloombergLaw allows users to search all PACER filings using the BLAW interface.  In addition, the BloombergLaw dockets feature allows users to set up tracking requests for particular dockets, a feature not included on PACER.  All notices of changes in the docket will be e-mailed to you. 

One important note: you need to check the date on the top of the docket since Bloomberg Law updates dockets on demand.  BC Law users can click on the "Update this docket" link and retrieve the latest docket sheet without charge.

 

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