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Obtaining Case Information

The U.S. federal courts offer two resources that provide ways to find information as to whether a company or person is in bankruptcy. They are, the Multi-Court Voice Case Information System (McVCIS) and Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER).

McVCIS is an automated, toll-free telephone system that allows callers to obtain bankruptcy case information using a touch tone phone. McVCIS provides case-specific information, when available, in the caller’s choice of English or Spanish. Note that in states where federal courts are divided into more than one district, McVCIS requires you to select the district in which the bankruptcy case would have been filed.

The PACER system provides a fee-based option to search for bankruptcy cases using the internet. Once a PACER account is created, you can search a nationwide index of bankruptcy cases, without the need to know the district that the filing would have occurred.