November Bankruptcy Filings Fall 15 Percent from 2012 Commercial Filings Drop 28 Percent
Alexandria, Va.— Total bankruptcy filings in the U.S. for November 2013 decreased 15 percent compared to the previous year, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. November bankruptcy filings totaled 74,021, down from the 87,090 filings registered in November 2012. Total commercial filings for November 2013 were 3,055, representing a 28 percent decrease from the 4,252 filings during the same period in 2012. Commercial chapter 11 filings totaled 482 in November, also a 28 percent decrease from the 671 filed in November 2012. The 70,966 total noncommercial filings for November represented a 14 percent drop from the November 2012 noncommercial filing total of 82,838. “Tepid consumer spending, sustained low interest rates and the costs of bankruptcy continue to deter consumers and businesses from using the Bankruptcy Code,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “We are on pace this year for the lowest total new bankruptcies since 2007.” “Because the federal courts rely on bankruptcy filing fees to fund much of the judiciary, the sustained decline in bankruptcies also affects the courts,” he added. The November bankruptcy filings also decreased from October, as total filings were down 18 percent from October’s total of 89,904. Noncommercial filings also decreased 18 percent in November from the October total of 86,336, and commercial filings dropped 14 percent from the October total of 3,568. November commercial chapter 11 filings registered an 8 percent decrease from the 522 filings in October. The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy filing rate for the first 11 calendar months of 2013 (Jan. 1-Nov. 30) decreased slightly to 3.4 (total filings per 1,000 per population) from the 3.45 rate for the first 10 months of the year. The average daily filing total in November 2013 was 2,467, a 15 percent decrease from the 2,903 total daily filings in November 2012. States with the highest per capita filing rate (total filings per 1,000 population) through the first 11 months of 2013 were: 1. Tennessee (6.72) 2. Georgia (5.85) 3. Alabama (5.75) 4. Utah (5.29) 5. Indiana (5.16) 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. For further information about the statistics or additional requests, please contact ABI Public Affairs Manager John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or [email protected] ### 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 more than 13,000 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.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html. 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.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013