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Report of Parties' Planning Meeting

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IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT

FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS

IN RE: )

)

) Case No.

) Chapter

Debtor(s). )

)

Report of Parties' Planning Meeting

(Held pursuant to Fed. R. Civ.P.26(f))

1. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f), a Parties Planning Meeting was held on

(date) and was attended by:

Name Address and Phone Party represented

a.

b.

c.

d.

2. Nature of Complaint or Matter: _______________________ (e.g.

Adversary proceeding objecting to discharge, motion for relief from stay,

etc.)

3. Pre-Discovery Disclosures. The parties [choose one] [have exchanged]

[will exchange] the information required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) on or

before _______.

4. All pretrial discovery will be commenced in time to be completed by

___________ (date).

5. Reports from retained experts under Rule 26(a)(2) shall be due from

________ (name of party) to ____________ (name of party) by _______

(date), and from _________(name of party) to _____________ (name of

party) by ________ (date).

6. ____________ (name of party) shall prepare and submit a Pretrial Order not

later than _______ (date). Final lists of witnesses and exhibits under Fed.

R.Civ. P.26(a)(3) shall be due from both parties by the same date and shall

be submitted with the Pretrial Order.

7. Any motion for leave to join additional parties or to otherwise amend the

pleadings shall be filed by (date). [Note: The deadline shall be

set 30 days before the proposed pretrial order deadline.]

8. All dispositive motions shall be filed by (date).

9. Settlement [choose one]: [is likely] [is unlikely] [cannot be evaluated prior

to (insert date)].

10. Do the parties believe Alternative Dispute Resolution might be helpful?

Yes/No

11. This case can be ready for trial not later than

(date) and is expected to take ____________ (number of trial days

estimated).

12. Special issues: [If you are aware of discovery, settlement, or other issues

that might dictate how this case should be handled, please address those

issues here.]

13. The Court is often able to cancel the Scheduling Conference, upon receipt

of the Parties’ Planning Meeting Report, if the parties are in consensus on

the scheduling of the matter. Does any party request the Court conduct a

Scheduling Conference in this case (such as, e.g., to discuss discovery

disputes, settlement possibilities, or any other relevant matter),

notwithstanding the submission of this Report?

9 The parties consent to canceling the Scheduling Conference

OR

9 The parties (or party–name the party) request(s) the Scheduling

Conference be held.

Report should be prepared by counsel for the plaintiff (if Adversary Proceeding) and

circulated in time for filing with the Court not later than four working days prior to the

previously noticed scheduling conference. The failure of the parties to file this report

may result in the summary dismissal of the complaint or contested matter.

Approval signatures of all counsel:

(Signature lines shall include all counsels’ Supreme Court ID numbers, addresses, phone

numbers and business email address).

Revised 2/25/11

Judge Berger's Motions Docket Noticing Instructions

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Professional Fee and Expense Guidelines

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 PROFESSIONAL FEE AND EXPENSE GUIDELINES

The Honorable Robert D. Berger

United States Bankruptcy Court

I. Employment Application and Affidavit

A. Timing

1. Section 327 - requires Court approval of professionals hired by debtor-inpossession

or trustee.

2. Fees will not be approved unless employment has been approved. Nunc pro tunc

orders may be allowed if extraordinary circumstances exist. Mere neglect by the

professional does not constitute extraordinary circumstances. In re Land, 943

F.2d 1265, 1267-68 (10th Cir. 1991). In re Ibbetson, 100 B.R. 548 (D. Kan.

1989).

B. Effect of Approval of Employment

1. Notwithstanding approval of the application for employment, the Court may

disallow compensation or expenses provided for under the terms and conditions

of the employment application(s), if such terms and conditions prove to have been

improvident in light of developments not anticipated at the time such

application(s) was approved.

II. Fee and Expense Applications

All applications for fees and expenses shall contain the following information. These guidelines

provide the minimum standard. The Court may require additional information in a particular

application when the nature of the case and representations so warrant. Nothing contained

herein shall limit the Court’s power under Bankruptcy Code §§ 326-329 and Local Bankruptcy

Rules.

1. The identity of the applicant and the party the applicant represents;

2. The date the bankruptcy petition was filed;

3. The date of the order granting approval of employment;

4. A statement of whether it is an interim or final application (if interim, identify

whether it is the first, second, etc., interim application);

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5. A recapitulation of what payments have been made, the source of the payments,

the date of the payments and what compensation and reimbursement amounts

have been previously approved by the Court;

6. The fee amount and the expense amount requested under such application;

7. Specific information about the requested expense amount, including the exact

nature of the expense (i.e., the number of copies and cost per copy);

8. Specific information about the requested fee amount, including:

a. The name(s) of the individual(s) who worked on the case, including their

title or position and their hourly rate;

b. Individual and separate entries for each service performed, identifying:

(1) who performed the work;

(2) the date the work was performed;

(3) a description of the work performed and an explanation of the

specific nature of the activity, such as the issue, contested matter,

or problem worked on, and where not self-evident, a statement of

the purpose of such work;

(4) the identity of other parties involved in the work performed;

(5) the amount of time expended in tenths (0.10) of hours; and

(6) the dollar value at the applicable billing rate;

9. Applications for expenses of Creditors’ Committee members and non-attorney

professionals must include copies of all receipts for expenditures. Applications

for expenses incurred by attorneys and their staff need not include copies of

receipts.

III. Expenses

A. What Is Compensable

1. Extraordinary photocopying - actual, reasonable and necessary costs;

2. Extraordinary postage expense - actual, reasonable and necessary costs;

3. Long distance telephone calls;

4. Fees charged by Bankruptcy Clerk’s office for copies from the court file;

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5. Certified mail, if shown to be required by law;

6. Out-of-town travel, including coach class airfare, tolls, parking, reasonable and

necessary lodging and meals, non-local (more than 20 miles, one way, between

office and destination) mileage at Internal Revenue Code rate;

7. Express mail or delivery - actual, reasonable and necessary costs;

8. Telefacsimile charges - actual, reasonable and necessary costs, outgoing faxes

allowed only as to the cost of the long distance call, if any; incoming faxes

allowed;

9. Computerized legal research - actual and reasonable costs above monthly

subscription fee; and

10. Messenger service - actual and reasonable costs.

B. What Is Not Compensable

1. Telephone service;

2. Word processing;

3. Office overhead, including, but not limited to: rent; utilities; clerical or secretarial

wages, salary, benefits and overtime; local telephone charges; and

4. Local travel (20 miles or less, one way, between office and destination)

IV. Fees

A. Rate of Compensation for Professionals

1. Attorney’s Fees

Subject to the Court’s reserved power to limit fees under § 328 of the Bankruptcy Code,

local area attorneys may be compensated at their usual and customary rate. Professionals

employed in cases that are of national scope and present complex issues requiring the

skill and experience of attorneys from other parts of the country may be allowed

compensation at their usual and customary rates, again subject to the Court’s discretion

under § 328.

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a. In determining whether a requested fee is reasonable, the Court shall be

guided by Matter of Permian Anchor Services, Inc., 649 F.2d 763, 768

(10th Cir. 1981), which adopted the lodestar analysis set forth in Johnson

v. Georgia Highway Express, Inc., 488 F.2d 714, 717-19 (5th Cir. 1974),

which looks to the following factors:

(1) the time and labor required;

(2) the novelty and difficulty of the questions;

(3) the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;

(4) the preclusion of other employment by the attorney due to

acceptance of the case;

(5) the customary fee;

(6) whether the fee is fixed or contingent;

(7) time limitations imposed by the client or the circumstances;

(8) the amount involved and the results obtained;

(9) the experience, reputation, and ability of the attorneys;

(10) the “undesirability” of the case;

(11) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the

client; and

(12) awards in similar cases.

b. The Court shall make a separate determination of the necessity of the

requested services, as defined in In re Lederman Enterprises, Inc., 997

F.2d 1321 (10th Cir. 1993), including whether the services benefitted the

bankruptcy estate.

2. Paralegal’s Fees

The principles set out above for usual and customary rates for local and national

attorneys shall apply to the rates of their respective paralegal employees. Time entries

for a paralegal should not include secretarial or clerical tasks.

3. Other Professionals

Other professionals who ordinarily bill on an hourly basis may be allowed their usual and

customary rate, subject to the Court’s discretion. Flat fees for accountants, financial

advisors, investment bankers, or consultants are disfavored and will not be approved

unless approved upon prior application for cause shown.

B. Compensable Components of Attorney’s and Paralegal’s Fees

1. Fee applications - reasonable time spent in preparation of fee application. In re

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Seneca Oil Co., 65 B.R. 902, 910 (Bankr. W.D. Okla. 1986).

2. Prepetition - only time spent in preparation for or contemplation of filing

bankruptcy.

3. Personal services - services that benefit the bankruptcy estate are compensable.

4. Travel - non-local (as previously defined) travel compensated at counsel’s usual

and customary hourly rate. Travel must be apportioned among all the cases on

which the attorney appears.

5. Interoffice conferences among attorneys are compensable subject to a showing

that they are reasonable, necessary and not duplicative.

C. Components of Attorney’s and Paralegal’s Fees That Are Not Compensable

1. Clerical or secretarial work - filing, organization of files, mailing, copying.

2. Time spent “educating an untrained apprentice or familiarizing oneself with

general Code provisions or basic law” is not compensable. Attorneys are required

to have some minimal level of expertise. In re Seneca Oil, 65 B.R. 902, 912

(Bankr. W.D. Okla. 1986).

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Policy on Granting R. 4001(a)(3) Relief as Matter of Course

Policy on Granting R. 4001(a)(3) Relief as Matter of Course

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 Policy on Granting Rule 4001(a)(3) Relief as Matter of Course

This Court does not grant relief as a matter of course from the 14-day stay of execution
on an Order Granting Relief from the Automatic Stay, provided for in Fed. R. Bankr. P.
4001(a)(3). Many practitioners request this relief and incorporate it into their proposed stay relief
orders without setting forth any basis for the relief requested. Granting this relief as a matter of
routine, particularly in cases where stay relief has been unopposed and is being granted by
default, risks working considerable hardship on debtors, and particularly consumers, by
effectively mooting any post-order remedies or relief they might seek. The Rule grants the Court
wide discretion in shortening or eliminating the 14-day stay upon proper request. The Court
believes this discretion is rendered meaningless if the relief is routinely granted without any
stated basis.

Creditors with cause to seek to shorten or eliminate the 14-day stay pursuant to R.
4001(a)(3) should include in both their motion and proposed order a concise statement of the
basis for shortening or eliminating the stay. Examples of such reasons might be concerns
regarding the maintenance, insurance, or integrity of the collateral. The Court will approve an
order requesting that relief if all parties in interest have approved the order.

The Court appreciates creditors’ lawyers’ cooperation in altering their forms accordingly.

Dated this 7th day of October, 2011.

/s/ Robert E. Nugent
Chief Bankruptcy Judge

U. S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas
/s/ Janice Miller Karlin, Bankruptcy Judge

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas
/s/ Dale L. Somers, Bankruptcy Judge

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas
/s/ Robert D. Berger, Bankruptcy Judge

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas

Pretrial Order - Revised for CM/ECF

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 RDB Revised Pretrial Form 01.27.05.wpd
[FOR USE IN ADVERSARY PROCEEDINGS AND CONTESTED MATTERS]
IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS

__________________, ) Case No.
__________________, ) Chapter
)
Debtor(s). )
)
)
)
, )
, )
)
Plaintiff(s), )
)
vs. ) Adversary No. [omit in contested matters]
)
, )
, )
)
Defendant(s). )
)
)


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
PRETRIAL ORDER

On _______________, 20__, a pretrial conference was held in this case at
, Kansas, before the Honorable (Judge’s Name), Bankruptcy Judge.

1. APPEARANCES
Counsel present and participating were (name of trial counsel) of (firm name) for the
plaintiff, (name of plaintiff) , and (name of trial counsel) of (firm name) for the defendant, (name of
defendant).

2. JURISDICTION AND CONSENT TO FINAL ORDER
The parties to the above-captioned (adversary proceeding) (contested matter) stipulate to the
jurisdiction of the Court and consent to the trial and entry of a final order by the Bankruptcy Court.

3. NATURE OF CASE
[Please set out a brief, general statement of the nature of the case or matter, specifying
applicable statutory references; concisely identify the parties and their respective positions.]

4. AMENDMENTS TO PLEADINGS
There are no amendments to the pleadings.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
(or)

________________________ moved to amend his/her/its _________________
to allege ____________________. Having heard the arguments of counsel and being fully informed,
said motion was (overruled) (sustained).

5. DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS
____There are no DISPOSITIVE motions to be filed.

(or)

____Dispositive motions have been filed and are pending as follows:
___________________________________________________________.

(or)

Dispositive motions will be filed by , 20 ; responses/objections to same
will be filed twenty (20) calendar days thereafter pursuant to L.B.R. 7012.1 and/or 7056.1. When all
briefing is complete, the motions will be brought to the Court’s attention for ruling.

6. STIPULATIONS
The parties hereto stipulate and agree that venue is properly laid in this District; that the United
States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas has jurisdiction of the parties hereto and the subject
matter hereof and may try the adversary proceeding to final judgment; that all proper, necessary and


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
indispensable parties are parties hereto; and to the following facts:

A.
B.
C.
Unless the parties indicate otherwise, the law governing this case is that of the State of Kansas
and the United States Bankruptcy Code.

7. ISSUES AND THEORIES
7.1 Plaintiff’s first theory of recovery
A. Elements: In order to prevail [state theory of recovery, e.g., exception to discharge],
plaintiff must prove: [Identify each element of plaintiff’s first theory of recovery, e.g., false statement,
knowingly made with intent to deceive, etc.]
B. Issues of fact: The following issues of fact relative to the above-referenced elements
must be resolved at trial: [List all issues of fact relevant to the theory of recovery stated above.]
C. Issues of law: The following issues of law relative to the above-referenced elements
must be resolved at trial: [List all issues of law relevant to the above-referenced theory of recovery.]
D. Mixed Issues of Fact and Law: The following mixed issues of fact and law relative to
the above elements must be resolved at trial: [List all mixed issues of fact and law relevant to the above-
referenced theory of recovery.]

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
7.2 Defendant’s defenses (including affirmative defenses):
A. Elements: In order to prevail on [defense number 1] , defendant must prove:
[Identify elements.]
B. Issues of fact: The following issues of fact relative to the above elements must be
resolved at trial: [All issues of fact relevant to defense number 1]
C. Issues of law: The following issues of law relative to the above elements must be
resolved at trial: [All issues of law relevant to defense number 1]
D. Mixed issues of fact and law: The following mixed issues of fact and law relative to
the above elements must be resolved at trial: [All mixed issues relevant to defense number 1]
7.3 Counterclaims; cross claims; and third party claims:
[Include elements, issues of fact, issues of law and mixed issues in the format specified above
for each and every counter, cross or third-party claim.]

8. RELIEF SOUGHT
[State any non-monetary and monetary relief sought by any party, including amounts, e.g.,
injunctive relief, determination of dischargeability, allowance of claim, secured status, or similar concept,
including an explanation of the basis for the relief. Reference to elements is extremely helpful in this
connection.]


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
9. BRIEF LIST OF CITATIONS
If the parties desire not to file trial briefs, they must include a list of citations. The lists of
citations should include case and statutory citations and authorities supporting the parties’ respective
theories. Please list citations by identifying them with the appropriate issues of law as follows:

Issue of Law

1.
Citation
1.
2.
[Such a list should be included for each party with respect to each theory.]
10. LIST OF EXHIBITS; REMINDER OF COMPLIANCE
10.1 List of Exhibits
A. Plaintiff’s Exhibits
Plaintiff has identified the following exhibits to be offered into evidence at the
trial of this case:

Title of Document Date Number of Pages

1.
2.

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Final Pretrial Conference Order
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3.
4.
B. Defendant’s Exhibits
Defendant has identified the following exhibits to be offered into evidence at the trial of this
case:

Title of Document Date Number of Pages

1.
2.
3.
10.2 Exchange of Exhibits
Not less than ten (10) calendar days prior to trial, each party shall serve upon each opposing
party a legible copy of each exhibit the proponent intends to introduce at the time of trial.

10.3 Compliance with L.B.R. 9072.1
Counsel are to comply with Local Bankruptcy Rule 9072.1 and to furnish the Court with copies
of all exhibits three (3) business days in advance of trial, together with an exhibit list in a form
substantially in compliance with the form available from the Clerk’s office. (When there are numerous
exhibits, the Court requests that they be submitted in a three-ring binder with tabs or dividers for
reference.)


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
11. WITNESSES
11.1 Plaintiff’s Witnesses
The names and addresses of witnesses plaintiff intends to call are:
Name Address

A.
B.
C.
11.2 Defendant’s Witnesses
The names and addresses of witnesses defendant intends to call are:
Name Address

A.
B.
C.
11.3 Summary of Testimony
Each party shall file with this Order a concise summary of the anticipated testimony of each and
every witness and any other evidence the party intends to offer. The Order will be returned if the
testimony summaries are not attached.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
12. TRIAL
12.1 This case will be set for trial on the Court’s docket as soon as practicable after either
the entry of this Order or this Court’s ruling on any dispositive motions.
12.2 Trial will be to the Court/to the jury.
12.3 Estimated time of trial is ____ days.
12.4 Trial will be in [ ,] Kansas or such other place in the District where
the case may first be reached for trial.
13. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND FILINGS
13.1 Status Conference
A pretrial status conference will be scheduled for ____________________; or the Court may
schedule a status conference before the trial begins.

13.2 Trial Briefs
Each party desiring to submit a trial brief shall comply with the requirements of D. Kan. Rule
7.6 as it is made applicable to bankruptcy by L.B.R. 1001.1. Trial briefs shall be served and filed no
less than three (3) business days in advance of trial. Each party filing a trial brief shall deliver an extra
copy to the judge’s chambers at the time of filing. Unless noted below, the Court does not require trial
briefs, but finds them helpful, particularly if the parties anticipate that unique or difficult issues will arise
during trial.

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
_____ If checked, the Court requires trial briefs be filed on the schedule set out above.

14. ORDERS OF THE COURT
14.1 Except by consent of the parties or by order of the Court to prevent manifest injustice,
exhibits not listed and not described in this Order shall not be admitted into evidence and witnesses not
listed and not identified in this Order shall not testify except in proper rebuttal.
Either party may offer the testimony of witnesses listed by the other and either party may offer into
evidence exhibits listed by the other.
14.2 The pleadings in the above-captioned case are incorporated herein by
reference, but this Order shall control the subsequent course of this action and shall not be modified
except by order of the Court on its own motion or on motion of the parties to prevent manifest injustice.
14.3 The Court finds that this case is at issue, all discovery is complete and
that the case will be ready for trial upon entry of this Order and any order(s) resolving any dispositive
motions. This Order shall supersede the pleadings filed herein in defining issues for trial to the Court.
14. 4 The date of trial will be set by the Court after consultation with the parties and, as such,
will be deemed to be agreed to among the parties. Therefore, a trial setting will likely not be continued.
Parties seeking continuances are advised to refer to D. Kan. Rule 6.1(b) and to note that strict
compliance with same is required as this rule has been adopted by this Court, L.B.R. 1001.1.
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APPROVED:


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
Final Pretrial Conference Order
(Insert Case Number)
(Insert Case Name)
(Name) (Supreme Court No. )
(Firm Name)
(Address)
(Telephone No.)
Attorney(s) for Plaintiff


(Name) (Supreme Court No. )
(Firm Name)
(Address)
(Telephone No.)
Attorney(s) for Defendant

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