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July Total Bankruptcy Filings Increase 3 Percent from Last Year, Commercial Filings Increase 4 Percent

Alexandria, Va. Total U.S. bankruptcy filings increased 3 percent in July 2019 from July 2018, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. Total filings registered 64,283 in July 2019, up from the July 2018 total of 62,241. The 61,025 consumer filings in July also represented a 3 percent increase from the previous year’s consumer total of 59,110. July 2019 business filings increased 4 percent to 3,258 from July 2018’s business total of 3,131. The 417 commercial chapter 11 filings in July 2019 were a 1 percent increase over the 413 commercial chapter 11 filings last July.

“Amid increasing debt loads and growing global challenges, bankruptcy provides financial shelter for distressed consumers and businesses,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “Congress recently passed legislation that will provide better access to the financial fresh start of bankruptcy for struggling small businesses, veterans and family farmers.”

The U.S. Senate on Aug. 1 passed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311), the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019 (H.R. 2938) and the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2336) by a voice vote. The three bills modernize the Bankruptcy Code to ensure that struggling veterans, Main Street businesses and family farmers have access to better tools for achieving a financial fresh start. ABI testified in support of the three bills, and the legislation will now proceed to President Trump for signature into law.

July’s total bankruptcy filings increased 5 percent in July from last month’s total of 61,079. Consumer filings also rose 5 percent in July from the 58,003 filings in June.

Commercial filings represented a 6 percent increase over last month’s total of 3,076. However, commercial chapter 11 filings represented a 2 percent decrease from the June total of 425.

The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy-filing rate in July was 2.50 (total filings per 1,000 per population), a slight decrease from the filing rate of 2.51 during the first six months of 2019. Average total filings per day in July 2019 were 2,962, a 4 percent decrease from the 3,072 total daily filings in July 2018. States with the highest per capita filing rates (total filings per 1,000 population) in July 2019 were:

1. Alabama (5.61)

2. Tennessee (5.39)

3. Georgia (4.31)

4. Mississippi (4.25)

5. Nevada (3.79)

ABI has partnered with Epiq Systems, Inc. in order to provide the most current bankruptcy filing data for analysts, researchers and members of the news media. Epiq Systems is a leading provider of managed technology for the global legal profession. To view the full monthly statistic tables provided by Epiq Systems, be sure to visit ABI’s Newsroom.

For further information about the statistics or additional requests, please contact ABI Public Affairs Manager John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or jhartgen@abiworld.org.

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ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abi.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

Epiq Systems is a leading provider of managed technology for the global legal profession. Epiq Systems offers innovative technology solutions for electronic discovery, document review, legal notification, claims administration and controlled disbursement of funds. Epiq System’s clients include leading law firms, corporate legal departments, bankruptcy trustees, government agencies, mortgage processors, financial institutions, and other professional advisors who require innovative technology, responsive service and deep subject-matter expertise. For more information on Epiq Systems, Inc., please visit http://www.epiqsystems.com.