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B-1015-1. CONSOLIDATION OR JOINT ADMINISTRATION OF CASES PENDING IN SAME COURT

(a)   Joint Cases

Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, a joint case commenced pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §302(a) shall be jointly administered. The separate estates of Debtors in a joint case will only be consolidated upon motion, after notice.

(b)   Manner of Joint Administration

Unless otherwise ordered, jointly administered cases shall be administered as follows:

(1)     Designation of Lead Case

The case with the lowest number shall be designated as the “Lead Case.” The other jointly administered cases are known as “Member Cases.”

(2)     Caption

All documents, except those which are to be filed in a Member Case pursuant to subparagraphs (b)(4) and (5) of this rule, shall have the caption with the name and case number of the Lead Case followed by the words “Jointly Administered,” except that if one of the Member Cases is for an individual Debtor then the caption shall include the Lead Case name and case number and the case name for any individual Debtor. The caption for any jointly administered case shall not include the word “Consolidated.”

(3)     Docket

Except for the documents listed in subparagraphs (4) and (5) below, a pleading or document filed in any of the jointly administered cases after the entry of the order for joint administration shall be docketed under the case number of the Lead Case. If joint administration is terminated, documents filed after the order terminating joint administration shall be filed and docketed in the separate cases.

(4)     Claims

A separate claims register shall be maintained for each case. Claims shall be filed only in the name and case number of the Debtor against which the claim is asserted. Any pleading related to a claim filed in a Member Case shall also be filed in that Member Case, and its caption shall have the name and case number of the Member Case. A separate claim must be filed in each jointly administered case in which a claim is asserted.

(5)     Documents to Be Filed in Member Cases Separately

Even if filed after the entry of the order for joint administration, the following documents shall be filed on the dockets of the Member Case as to which the document applies, and the caption of these documents shall have the name and case number of the Member Case:

(A)     schedules, statements of financial affairs, and amendments thereto;

(B)     in Chapter 11 cases, plans and disclosure statements and objections or other pleadings related thereto, and ballot reports;

(C)     trustee final reports and accounts and related notices; and

(D)     motions to dismiss.

(6)     Ballots

Ballots shall be styled only in the name and case number of the Member Case for which the plan being voted on was filed.

(c)   Substantive Consolidation

Unless otherwise ordered, substantively consolidated cases shall be administered as follows:

 (1)     Designation of Lead Case

 The case with the lowest number shall be designated as the “Lead Case.”

 (2)     Caption

All documents in substantively consolidated cases shall contain in the caption only the name and case number of the Lead Case, unless one of those cases is for an individual Debtor; then the caption shall include the Lead Case and the case name for any individual Debtor.

(3)     Docket

A single case docket shall be maintained after the entry of the order for consolidation. If consolidation is later terminated, then documents filed after the order terminating consolidation shall be filed and docketed in the separate cases.

(4)     Claims

After consolidation all claims shall be filed in the Lead Case. Any claim filed and docketed prior to the consolidation shall be considered as if filed in the substantively consolidated cases but shall remain on the claims register of the originally filed case.