Section 342 - Notice

Title 11 of the United States Code - Bankruptcy
CASE ADMINISTRATION – CHAPTER 3

Notice - Section 342
11 USCS § 342


(a) There shall be given such notice as is appropriate, including notice to any holder of a community claim, of an order for relief in a case under this title [11 USCS §§ 101 et seq.].
 
(b) Before the commencement of a case under this title by an individual whose debts are primarily consumer debts, the clerk shall give to such individual written notice containing--
   (1) a brief description of--
      (A) chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 [11 USCS §§ 701 et seq., 1101 et seq., 1201 et seq., and 1301 et seq.] and the general purpose, benefits, and costs of proceeding under each of those chapters; and
      (B) the types of services available from credit counseling agencies; and
   (2) statements specifying that--
      (A) a person who knowingly and fraudulently conceals assets or makes a false oath or statement under penalty of perjury in connection with a case under this title shall be subject to fine, imprisonment, or both; and
      (B) all information supplied by a debtor in connection with a case under this title is subject to examination by the Attorney General.
 
(c) (1) If notice is required to be given by the debtor to a creditor under this title [11 USCS §§ 101 et seq.], any rule, any applicable law, or any order of the court, such notice shall contain the name, address, and last 4 digits of the taxpayer identification number of the debtor. If the notice concerns an amendment that adds a creditor to the schedules of assets and liabilities, the debtor shall include the full taxpayer identification number in the notice sent to that creditor, but the debtor shall include only the last 4 digits of the taxpayer identification number in the copy of the notice filed with the court.
   (2) (A) If, within the 90 days before the commencement of a voluntary case, a creditor supplies the debtor in at least 2 communications sent to the debtor with the current account number of the debtor and the address at which such creditor requests to receive correspondence, then any notice required by this title to be sent by the debtor to such creditor shall be sent to such address and shall include such account number.
      (B) If a creditor would be in violation of applicable nonbankruptcy law by sending any such communication within such 90-day period and if such creditor supplies the debtor in the last 2 communications with the current account number of the debtor and the address at which such creditor requests to receive correspondence, then any notice required by this title to be sent by the debtor to such creditor shall be sent to such address and shall include such account number.
 
(d) In a case under chapter 7 of this title [11 USCS §§ 701 et seq.] in which the debtor is an individual and in which the presumption of abuse arises under section 707(b) [11 USCS § 707(b)], the clerk shall give written notice to all creditors not later than 10 days after the date of the filing of the petition that the presumption of abuse has arisen.
 
(e)
   (1) In a case under chapter 7 or 13 of this title [11 USCS §§ 701 et seq. or 1301 et seq.] of a debtor who is an individual, a creditor at any time may both file with the court and serve on the debtor a notice of address to be used to provide notice in such case to such creditor.
   (2) Any notice in such case required to be provided to such creditor by the debtor or the court later than 7 days after the court and the debtor receive such creditor's notice of address, shall be provided to such address.
 
(f)
   (1) An entity may file with any bankruptcy court a notice of address to be used by all the bankruptcy courts or by particular bankruptcy courts, as so specified by such entity at the time such notice is filed, to provide notice to such entity in all cases under chapters 7 and 13 [11 USCS §§ 701 et seq. and 1301 et seq.] pending in the courts with respect to which such notice is filed, in which such entity is a creditor.
   (2) In any case filed under chapter 7 or 13 [11 USCS §§ 701 et seq. or 1301 et seq.], any notice required to be provided by a court with respect to which a notice is filed under paragraph (1), to such entity later than 30 days after the filing of such notice under paragraph (1) shall be provided to such address unless with respect to a particular case a different address is specified in a notice filed and served in accordance with subsection (e).
   (3) A notice filed under paragraph (1) may be withdrawn by such entity.
 
(g) (1) Notice provided to a creditor by the debtor or the court other than in accordance with this section (excluding this subsection) shall not be effective notice until such notice is brought to the attention of such creditor. If such creditor designates a person or an organizational subdivision of such creditor to be responsible for receiving notices under this title and establishes reasonable procedures so that such notices receivable by such creditor are to be delivered to such person or such subdivision, then a notice provided to such creditor other than in accordance with this section (excluding this subsection) shall not be considered to have been brought to the attention of such creditor until such notice is received by such person or such subdivision.
   (2) A monetary penalty may not be imposed on a creditor for a violation of a stay in effect under section 362(a) [11 USCS § 362(a)] (including a monetary penalty imposed under section 362(k) [11 USCS § 362(k)]) or for failure to comply with section 542 or 543 [11 USCS § 542 or 543] unless the conduct that is the basis of such violation or of such failure occurs after such creditor receives notice effective under this section of the order for relief.


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