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Consumer Bankruptcy Chapter 13

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 -

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

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

Supreme Court Sides With Balch Lawyers and Finds for Midland Funding, Rejecting FDCPA Lawsuits Based on Bankruptcy Proofs of Claim...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

This week, the United States Supreme Court issued a key decision under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in a case litigated by Balch & Bingham lawyers, Jason Tompkins and Chase Espy. In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson,...more

Out of Time, Not Out of Luck: Supreme Court holds POCs for Time-Barred Debt are OK under FDCPA

In a win for debt buyers and servicers, the Supreme Court held in Midland Funding, LLC. v. Johnson that the filing of a proof of claim in a bankruptcy case for obviously time-barred debt is not false, deceptive, misleading,...more

What did the Supreme Court Say? Creditor Claim for Stale Debt in Chapter 13 Case Does Not Violate the FDCPA

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) that filing a proof of claim that is obviously time-barred in a Chapter 13 debtor’s bankruptcy case is not a violation of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects FDCPA Liability in Bankruptcy Proceeding

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court put to rest a theory of liability under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA or Act) that had a major impact not only upon the credit and collection industry, but...more

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Bankruptcy Claims, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday resolving the question of whether filing a proof of claim for a debt that is time-barred by the statute of limitations is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection...more

A “Pro-Creditor” Supreme Court Decision That Does No Favor for Banks

by Murtha Cullina on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a creditor who deliberately files a bankruptcy proof of claim for a time-barred claim does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Midland Funding v....more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Availability of Civil Remedies Against Debt Collectors

by Bryan Cave on

On May 15, 2017, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson that a debt collector’s filing of a facially time-barred claim in Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings was not a violation of the Fair Debt...more

In Win for Debt Buyers, Supreme Court Holds Filing Proofs of Claim in Bankruptcy on Stale Debts Does Not Violate FDCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a debt collector does not run afoul of the FDCPA by filing a proof of claim in bankruptcy on a stale debt. In its 5-3 decision, the Court sided with the...more

New Bankruptcy Rules to Take Effect December 1, 2017

After several years of drafting, debate, compromise and fine tuning, it appears that major changes to the administration of consumer bankruptcy cases are imminent. On April 27, 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts submitted to...more

The Legality of Post-Bankruptcy Condo or Homeowner Association Assessments

A recent bankruptcy case illustrates how bankruptcy affects condominium or homeowner’s association assessments. The Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that a condominium association was not in...more

2016 Bankruptcy Statistics for the Western District of Wisconsin: Overall Filings Decreased 5.5%, but Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcies...

by Ruder Ware on

The 2016 bankruptcy statistics tell an interesting story.  While the total number of bankruptcy cases filed in 2016 in the Western District of Wisconsin (“WDW”) fell 5.5% to its lowest level in ten years, Chapter 12 farm...more

Fourth Circuit Hands Victory to Lenders in Chapter 13 Mortgage Case

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—which covers federal courts in North Carolina—recently handed a victory to residential real estate lenders dealing with borrowers who file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy...more

Objection to Proof of Claim Not Barred by Res Judicata

A Virginia bankruptcy court recently ruled that an objection to a proof of claim was not barred by the doctrine of res judicata when an order of confirmation was entered prior to the objection being filed. In re Haskins, No....more

It’s Not Just Actual Fraud: Intent to Hinder, Delay, or Defraud Can Be Present Even with the Best of Intentions

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Bankruptcy Code contemplates several penalties for transfers made by a debtor with an intent to “hinder, delay, or defraud” creditors. Although most situations focus on an “actual intent to defraud,” the Tenth Circuit...more

Changes to Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1 Affect Mortgage Lenders

by PretiFlaherty on

Almost every year, changes are implemented to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. On December 1, 2016, this year’s changes to the Bankruptcy Rules went into effect. The changes include revisions to Bankruptcy Rule...more

How to Avoid Repossession in Arizona

by John Skiba on

Delinquent car loans are becoming a big problem in Arizona. There are several reasons why, however a big problem I see in my bankruptcy practice are subprime car loans that charge very high interest rates on used...more

How do I Know If I Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

by John Skiba on

Periodically the United States Trustee’s Office updates the income limits used to determine whether or not you qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Overwhelmingly people that file for bankruptcy file under chapter...more

Burr Alert: SCOTUS to Resolve Circuit Split on Interplay of FDCPA and Bankruptcy Code

by Burr & Forman on

On October 11, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348 (Oct. Term 2016) to resolve a split among the Circuits as to the FDCPA’s prohibition against deceptive...more

Bankruptcy Court Assesses Sanctions on Mortgage Servicer for Failure to File Notices Relating to Residential Mortgage Loans

In re Gravel, ____ B.R. _____, Case Nos. 11-10112, 11-10281, 12-10512, 2016 WL 4765773 (Bankr. D.Vt. September 12, 2016) - In September of 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont assessed...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 6 – The Meeting of Creditors

by John Skiba on

After your bankruptcy case is filed with the Arizona bankruptcy court the clerk of the bankruptcy court will send out written notification of your bankruptcy to all of your creditors that were provided in the bankruptcy...more

This Just In – Supreme Court to Provide Clarity on Whether Collection of Time-Barred Debts in Bankruptcy Violates the Fair Debt...

by Bryan Cave on

We all remember The Devil and Daniel Webster – the Devil comes to collect a seven year old debt (secured by Jabez Stone’s soul), only to be foiled by the great trial lawyer Daniel Webster – thanks to a skilled litigator, the...more

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