About CaseDocket.Com

Service of court pleadings is expensive. It is annoying. It is time-consuming. And in bankruptcy cases the pain is worse. There are a lot of documents, often large ones, and usually there are many interested parties. 

Some debtors try to limit the aggravation by attempting to restrict the service list. I have to believe most bankruptcy judges dislike restricting service. A party in interest in any bankruptcy case should have a way to follow the evolution of the case, so he can participate if he feels his interests are jeopardized. 

We have a better idea. Peter Chapman and I will distribute court pleadings for you. And we’ll do it for free. That’s right. Free. 

We will set up a listserv mailing list for your case. The listserv software maintains the subscription list. Those wanting service can subscribe. And they can unsubscribe whenever they lose interest in the matter. Peter and I have been running listserv systems since 1994. They work. 

There will be a different listserv for each case, and whatever is posted by any preauthorized person will be copied and distributed to every subscriber. Any message plus any attachment -- court pleadings, exhibits and documents -- are copied and forwarded. 

To foreclose junk email, each listserv will be set up so that only authorized persons can post. We will give a password to debtor’s counsel, his assistant or someone else who will act as list manager by giving out the password to those qualified to post to the list.

We have named this system CaseDocket.Com, and, as you have guessed, set it up at that web address. We will be delighted to set up a list for any bankruptcy case or, for that matter, any adversary proceeding where the parties believe they can save money or time. The case can be any type, anywhere. 

CaseDocket.Com is certainly not a substitute for official service, but most people would not request formal service if they were receiving documents electronically. Why bother. And some would rather get them electronically. I think most judges would be more receptive to restricted service lists if the documents were otherwise available for free.

CaseDocket.Com should be particularly helpful in cross-border matters where service by postal mail is more expensive and is slowed by the distances. Many large debtors have cases pending in multiple jurisdictions. 

So what’s the catch? I think I heard someone mumble that we must have an angle. 

We do. Maybe. We will archive every document, and people needing documents subsequent to the free original distribution can download them. We’re going to charge for the downloaded document between $15 and $20, about the cost of a FedEx letter. We hope the subsequent sales will pay for the service.