FLMB NEWSLETTER Court Connection - JANUARY 2024




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Court Connection:


The Court is proud to share the e-edition of the Court Connection.

For readers who prefer to read the newsletter on paper, it can be viewed and printed in its entirety by downloading a full-text PDF version.

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What's new

What's New?

* Revised Procedures for Court Appearances and Form  Notice of Hearing

* New Chapter 13 Procedures  and Form Updates

* Negative Notice and Accompanying Orders Lists Updates

* New Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Forms,  and Fees

* Practice Pointers for § 341 Zoom Meetings

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Bankruptcy Filings

Increase in 2023

Total bankruptcy filings rose 16.8 percent, with significant increases in both business and non-business bankruptcies, in the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2023. This accelerates a continuing rebound in filings after more than a decade of sharply dropping totals. The Middle District of Florida saw an increase of 17.8 percent, with filings of 16,405 in 2023 compared with 13,923 in 2022.

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United States Trustee's Corner

By:  Jill Kelso, Orlando Office

* Solicitation of Applicants Interested in Serving as Subchapter V Trustee

* U.S. Trustee Updates List of Approve Depositories for Chapter 11 Cases

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Bradley M. Saxton, Lauren M. Reynolds, and Kathleen L. DiSanto

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Judges' Corner

* Charles Stohlman Receives Pro Bono Award.

* Judge McEwen swears in Steve Berman to the Texas Bar.

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Clerk's Message


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By:  Sheryl Loesch,

Clerk of Court

It’s always hard to believe that another year has come and gone so quickly, but it’s also exciting to think about what interesting events are ahead in the upcoming year. Here are a few recent developments.

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Upcoming Events

Around the District

Click here for a list of upcoming events, including Chief Judge Delano's State of the District Program.


Michael G. Williamson View from the Florida Bankruptcy Bench

By:  Stephanie C. Lieb, Esq.

The 39th Michael G. Williamson View from the Florida Bankruptcy Bench program was held November 2 and 3, 2023, in Tampa and Miami. The seminar is one of the signature events of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. United States Bankruptcy Judge Michael Williamson was founder of the seminar prior to his appointment to the bench and served as Program Chair until 2022. When he passed away in November 2022, the Business Law Section renamed the seminar in his honor, and Judge Colton now serves the Judicial Chair.

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News from Around the District

Click here for all the updates from local bar associations.




Orlando Division Bids Farewell to Rutha Hill and Celebrates Landmark Anniversary for Alison Hale

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