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Consumer bankruptcy is a process to reduce or eliminate personal as opposed to business debts. Consumer bankruptcies can be filed under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code.  Debtors are... more +
Consumer bankruptcy is a process to reduce or eliminate personal as opposed to business debts. Consumer bankruptcies can be filed under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code.  Debtors are eligible for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 depending on the nature of their debts and assets. less -

Judicial Estoppel Defense in Bankruptcy Claims Likely to Get More Difficult

A recent decision from the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has impaired a valuable defense for early dismissal or settlement with bankrupt plaintiffs. This decision will affect strategy for mortgage originators,...more

Coming Soon: Bankruptcy Proofs of Claim Must be Filed Sooner and by More Claimants

by Snell & Wilmer on

Bankruptcy Rule 3002 is getting an update, which goes into effect on December 1, 2017. Creditors in a Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 12 (family farmer), and Chapter 13 (individual reorganization) bankruptcy need to take...more

Debt Dialogue: August 2017 - Setoff and Recoupment in Bankruptcy: A Brief Overview

This article provides a brief overview of the somewhat related doctrines of setoff and recoupment in the Chapter 11 context. Setoff is recognized in the Bankruptcy Code to offset the claims of creditors and the debtor in a...more

Dear Mortgage Lender – Where Debtors Surrender, Act Quickly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in the Failla case was triumph for mortgage lenders when it affirmed the District Court’s opinion that “once the debtor decides to ‘surrender’ secured property… [w]hile the debtor need not...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published on August 17, 2017 by Law360, Burr’s Larry Litow and Kapila Mukamal’s Barry Mukamal discuss their recent involvement in a case involving a South Florida beachfront condominium hotel that successfully...more

San Antonio Businessman Sentenced To Four Years in Prison for Defrauding Personal Injury Clients, the Bankruptcy court, and the...

by Moskowitz LLP on

From 2009 through 2014, Elpidio Gongora (aka “Pete Gongora”), operated a number of personal injury law offices in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. The lawyers in these firms apparently obtained settlements on behalf of their...more

Eleventh Circuit Moves Toward Bright Line Rule That Debtors Cannot Retain Real Property Post- Discharge Without Reaffirming the...

by Burr & Forman on

Last year, Burr & Forman lawyers won a decisive victory in the Eleventh Circuit, in the case of In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016). In Failla, the Eleventh Circuit held that a debtor who files a statement of...more

Show Me the Money - Maximizing Monetary Recovery in the Wake of Insurance Fraud

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Insurance fraud negatively impacts everyone. It drives up the costs of doing business, along with everyone’s premiums. In fact, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, insurance companies saw a 102% increase in this...more

From the Top In Brief - July/August 2017

by Jones Day on

In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348, 2017 BL 161314 (U.S. May 15, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a credit collection agency does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when it files...more

Upcoming Amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 3002 to Impact Bankruptcy Filing Practices for Mortgagees

by K&L Gates LLP on

Effective December 1, 2017, certain amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (“the Bankruptcy Rules”) recently adopted by the Supreme Court will impact the allowance of secured claims in bankruptcy. Below, we...more

Sixth Circuit: Firm's Post-Foreclosure Conduct Does Not Violate FDCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a foreclosure firm—Reimer, Arnovitz, Chernek & Jeffrey (the Reimer firm)—under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

The Effects of a Creditor’s Non-Participation in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Although not required for the res judicata analysis, the court also found that Montanaro received constitutionally sufficient notice of the debtor’s bankruptcy, the plan, and confirmation order to be bound by the plan’s...more

Supreme Court Issues Two Rulings Interpreting FDCPA

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Supreme Court recently issued two rulings interpreting various sections of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in favor of creditors and certain debt buyers. The FDCPA protects debtors from unfair collection...more

Recent Bankruptcy Decision from the Western District of Wisconsin Discusses Negative Equity, Car Loans, and the Chapter 13 Cram...

by Ruder Ware on

A quick introduction for those of you who are not bankruptcy nerds. For certain types of collateral, Chapter 13 allows a Debtor to reduce a secured creditor’s claim down to the value of the collateral. This is called “cram...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017 - United Kingdom: New Insolvency Rules streamline communication with...

by Dechert LLP on

The existing insolvency rules in the UK have been recast with the aim to "modernize and consolidate" the procedural framework for insolvency processes in the UK and promote efficiency. The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 3

by Butler Snow LLP on

Permissive Abstention: Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. See, Part 1. Part 2 of this blog series focused on mandatory abstention...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 2

by Butler Snow LLP on

Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. Recognizing that bankruptcy courts typically retain related to jurisdiction over legal...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 1

by Butler Snow LLP on

Because the number of unsatisfied clients who find themselves in bankruptcy are filing malpractice lawsuits against their pre-bankruptcy counsel is on the rise so, too, is the number of attorneys who find themselves on the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a hitch in Saudi Aramco’s IPO plans (mind-boggling $2 trillion possible valuation and all): where to list. The frontrunners, by the way, are the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE....more

Supreme Court Issues Midland Funding Decision

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision holding that it is not a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) to file a proof of claim in bankruptcy related to a debt for which the statute of...more

Debt Collectors Win in Supreme Court Opinion on FDCPA

by Goodwin on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Midland Funding, LLC, v. Johnson, No. 16–348, in favor of the debt collectors involved in the case. Specifically, Justice Breyer, writing for the Court, held that the Fair Debt...more

How Not to Avoid Paying Taxes

by Sanford Millar on

Don't turn a civil tax liability into a criminal tax case. One of our missions at MillarLaw is to help clients avoid making mistakes that can turn a civil tax case into a criminal tax case. The typical scenario is a...more

Supreme Court Reverses Eleventh Circuit: Debt Collectors Can File Proofs of Claim On Stale Debt Without Violating FDCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In a 5-3 decision written by Justice Stephen G. Breyer last week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Eleventh Circuit erred when it found that Midland Funding, one of the nation’s largest purchasers of...more

Supreme Court Rules Creditors May Pursue Claims for Stale Debt in Bankruptcy

by PretiFlaherty on

With its recent opinion inMidland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, the Supreme Court has put to rest the question of whether or not filing stale claims violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), determining that...more

Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Filing a proof of claim in a debtor's Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on a debt that is "obviously time barred" does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 decision....more

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