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

(a)   Joint Cases

A joint case commenced under 11 U.S.C. §302(a) shall be jointly administered, unless the Court orders otherwise. The separate estates of the Debtors in a joint case will only be consolidated upon motion, after notice.

(b)   Joint Administration

Jointly administered cases shall be administered as follows, unless the Court orders otherwise:

(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 papers, except those filed in a Member Case under 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, the caption shall include the Lead Case name and case number and the case name for an individual Debtor. The caption for a 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 a jointly administered case 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

Claims shall be filed only in the name and case number of the Debtor against which the claim is asserted. A separate claims register shall be maintained for each case. A separate claim must be filed in each jointly administered case in which a claim is asserted. A 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.

(5)     Documents to Be Filed in Member Cases Separately

The following documents shall be filed on the dockets of the Member Case as to which the document applies, even if filed after the entry of the order for joint administration, 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 have the caption of the name and case number of the Member Case for which the plan being voted on was filed.

(c)   Substantive Consolidation

Substantively consolidated cases shall be administered as follows, unless the Court orders otherwise:

 (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 have the caption 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 an individual Debtor.

(3)     Docket

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

(4)     Claims

After consolidation all claims shall be filed in the Lead Case. Claims filed and docketed prior to consolidation shall be considered as filed in the substantively consolidated cases but shall remain on the claims register where originally filed.