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Bankruptcy Law Research

Introduction and guide to bankruptcy research at Boston College Law School

Locating Bankruptcy Court Dockets

  • Bloomberg Law - BC Law faculty and students can use their Bloomberg Law accounts to access bankruptcy dockets focusing on the advanced search template within the Litigation Intelligence Center.  Features useful for bankruptcy docket include the filters by chapter-type filing, asset/liability amounts, counsel, etc. 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.
  • Lexis Advance - Academic users have access to Courtlink for docket access including bankruptcy court dockets. Using the product switcher tool (checkboard image) in upper-left corner of Lexis homepage, click checkboard and select Lexis Courtlink. Note: academic accounts are not allowed to update dockets . In addition, only those docket filings marked as "free" in the docket sheet may be viewed by academic account holders. 
  • WestlawDocket search feature for bankruptcy dockets using academic accounts is very limited; no updating, tracking or document imaging capability is provided for bankruptcy court filings..

 

 

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 Westlaw.