Join Today and Benefit Daily from ABI's 35+ Years of Insolvency Expertise.
Join Today!
Help Center

September Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Down 31 Percent from Last Year; Total Filings Fall 4 Percent

Alexandria, Va. Commercial chapter 11 filings totaled 308 in September, a 31 percent decrease over September 2017’s total of 445 filings, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. Overall business filings decreased to 2,783 filings in September, a 5 percent drop from September 2017’s total of 2,940 filings. Total U.S. filings registered 57,569 in September 2018, down 4 percent from last September’s total of 60,050. The 54,786 consumer filings in September also represented a 4 percent decrease from the September 2017 consumer total of 57,110.

“Struggling businesses and consumers faced with increasing interest rates and global challenges may avoid bankruptcy due to high filing costs,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “The recommendations of ABI’s Chapter 11 Commission and the ongoing efforts of the Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy provide paths to making bankruptcy more accessible for distressed businesses and households.”

Total U.S. bankruptcy filings fell 2 percent during the first nine months of 2018 (Jan. 1-Sept. 30) from the same period a year ago as the 576,610 filings decreased from 589,252 in 2017. The 548,361 total noncommercial filings through the first three quarters of 2018 also represented a 2 percent drop from the noncommercial filing total of 559,958 through the first three quarters of 2017. Commercial bankruptcy filings during the first nine months of the year decreased 4 percent to 28,249 from the 29,294 filings during the same period in 2017. Commercial chapter 11 filings also decreased during the first nine months of 2018 as the 3,796 filings represented a 12 percent drop from the 4,306 chapter 11 filings during the first nine months of 2017.

The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy filing rate for the first nine calendar months of 2018 (Jan. 1-Sept. 30) decreased slightly to 2.48 (total filings per 1,000 population) from the 2.49 rate for the first eight months of the year. The average daily filing total in September 2018 was 3,030, a 1 percent increase from the 3,002 total daily filings registered in September 2017. States with the highest per capita filing rates (total filings per 1,000 population) through the first nine months of 2018 were:

1. Alabama (5.68)

2. Tennessee (5.52)

3. Georgia (4.60)

4. Mississippi (4.28)

5. Illinois (3.75)

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 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 For additional conference information, visit

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