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Indiana bankruptcy filings decrease in 2011

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Indiana saw fewer bankruptcies for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011, than it did the year before, with the state improving its national ranking based on case filings.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts released bankruptcy filing statistics Monday, showing an 8 percent decrease in the number of bankruptcy filings throughout the country between Oct. 1, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2011.

Nationally, courts saw 1,467,221 cases this year compared to the 1,596,355 million filed the year before. Filings dropped during the judiciary’s fourth quarter with 15 percent fewer than in the same three-month period in 2010. Overall, Chapter 7 filings were down 10 percent, Chapter 13 filings dropped 4 percent, and Chapter 11 filings decreased by 16 percent nationwide.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that includes Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin saw a 10 percent drop in bankruptcy filings overall, the figures show. A total 161,182 were filed last year and 145,018 by the end of this year’s fiscal year.

In the Northern District of Indiana, figures show filings decreased 15.7 percent – 16,477 by Sept. 30, 2011, compared to 19,538 by that time in 2010. The Chapter 7 filings dropped by 16 percent while the Chapter 13 filings decreased by 13.4 percent.

In the Southern District of Indiana, overall filings decreased by 14.5 percent – 24,727 this year compared to 28,905 last year. The Chapter 7 filings decreased by 13.8 percent and the Chapter 13 filings dropped by 15.5 percent, statistics show.

Fewer filings improved Indiana’s national bankruptcy ranking. The state is ranked seventh this year in overall filings, compared to fourth last year. Indiana was third last year in Chapter 7 filings, and this year the state ranked sixth. Indiana dropped from 10th to 11th place in Chapter 13 filings.
 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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