BANKRUPTCY FILINGS BY CHAPTER
Nebraska - 1987 to 2016        
  Type of Bankruptcy 1  
Year Chapter 7 Chapter 9 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Total
1987 2,418 13 116 563 668 3,778
1988 2,407 4 84 152 691 3,338
1989 2,425 3 63 70 827 3,388
1990 2,499 2 68 86 1,382 4,037
1991 3,001 4 64 71 1,379 4,519
1992 2,990 2 57 97 1,039 4,185
1993 2,752 1 46 59 804 3,662
1994 2,774 0 19 45 604 3,442
1995 3,013 0 17 48 675 3,753
1996 4,279 1 23 72 928 5,303
1997 4,949 2 22 53 926 5,952
1998 5,168 0 16 49 884 6,117
1999 4,594 0 36 83 787 5,500
2000 4,707 0 34 30 858 5,629
2001 6,016 0 46 27 1,114 7,203
2002 5,986 0 60 25 1,652 7,723
2003 6,638 0 30 55 1,900 8,624
2004 7,050 0 43 2 1,897 8,992
2005 9,979 0 31 32 2,070 12,113
2006 2,782 0 29 23 1,307 4,141
2007 3,773 0 19 11 1,561 5,364
2008 4,712 0 27 17 1,952 6,708
2009 5,495 0 41 22 1,996 7,557
2010 5,766 0 75 29 2,071 7,943
2011 4,678 0 31 12 1,878 6,603
2012 4,063 0 24 5 1,720 5,872
2013 3,685 0 33 10 1,632 5,169
2014 3,153 0 12 9 1,457 4,635
2015 2,858 0 9 8 1,384 4,259
2016 2,665 0 16 12 1,408 4,104
Sources: Administrative Office of U.S.Courts, 2017, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Nebraska. 2017
1 Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also called "straight bankruptcy" or "liquidation." It is the simplest and easiest form of bankruptcy proceeding.
Chapter 9 bankruptcy is for “municipalities.”  The definition of the term “municipality” is broad enough to include cities, counties, townships, school districts, and public improvement districts.  It also includes revenue-producing bodies that provide services which are paid for by users rather than by general taxes, such as bridge authorities, highway authorities, and gas authorities.  Chapter 9 provides essentially for a reorganization, not a liquidation.
Chapter 11 reorganization (note: it is a reorganization not a liquidation) for large debtors (persons or businesses with over $250,000 in unsecured debts and over $750,000 in secured debts). 
Chapter 12 is special reorganization that exists only for use by farmers.  As with all reorganizations some debts are discharged while the payments schedules of others are altered. 
Chapter 13 petition is a reorganization of debts for individuals.  Some debts are discharged in whole or in part and the remaining debts are paid over a period of time (usually three to five years). 
Last Updated: 29-Jun-17
by Nebraska Databook
email: mike.lundeen@nebraska.gov