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Consumer Bankruptcy Dischargeable Debts

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 -

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

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In an article published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Thomson Reuter’s Real Estate Finance Journal, Samantha Alves Orender provides guidance on how debtors who misuse collateral may be at risk of losing the benefit of...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

Discharge of Federal and State Income Taxes in Bankruptcy

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes unpaid income taxes to the IRS, or to a state, federal bankruptcy laws may provide relief for some, if not all, of these taxes. Generally applicable to “older” federal and state income taxes,...more

A Bankruptcy Discharge Makes a Face-to-Face Meeting an Act in Futility

Just last fall, we wrote about the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in In re Failla, Case No., in our article, “The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way.” Now, it appears...more

“Singular” Cases on Nondischarge and Dischargeability

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Two recent cases analyzed the misrepresentations of a debtor regarding a single asset and held a written misrepresented value of a single scheduled estate asset would result in nondischargeability under Section 727, and that...more

Burr Alert: Lenders Beware: 11th Circuit holds borrower’s false oral statement regarding single asset does not provide basis for...

by Burr & Forman on

Section 523(a)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code is clear that a debtor can discharge a debt for money obtained by a false statement respecting the debtor’s financial condition unless that statement is in writing. What hasnot been...more

Creditor-Friendly Changes to North Carolina’s Accord and Satisfaction Law

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

A creditor can now reinstate a disputed debt that has been inadvertently discharged. The North Carolina Legislature recently amended its accord and satisfaction law to include creditor-friendly revisions that make it...more

Lenders Seeking Loan Modification After Bankruptcy, Beware!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Lenders cannot revive a guaranty obligation discharged in bankruptcy with a subsequent modification or forbearance agreement, even with new consideration; and attempting to do so may lead to lender liability exposure....more

Courts Split on Definition of a “Return” for Tax Discharge

On October 11, 2016, Martin Smith petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit. After Smith failed to file a timely tax return, the IRS assessed a deficiency against him....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2016

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Last month, the IRS issued final regulations repealing its rule requiring that a Form 1099-C be filed whenever a financial institution (or certain other limited taxpayers) fails to receive payment on a debt for 36 consecutive...more

Debtors Who Misuse Collateral Can Lose the Benefit of Discharging their Debt in Bankruptcy

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On November 21, 2016, in a case entitled In re Monson, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which held that a debtor’s conduct constituted a willful and malicious injury to a...more

Ohio Supreme Court Finds That An Action At Law On A Promissory Note To Collect A Mortgage Debt Is Separate And Distinct From An...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently clarified in a decision issued in Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. vs. Holden 2016-Ohio-4603; 2016 Ohio LEXIS 1803, that equitable rights and remedies which a party holds in and to a mortgage...more

Eighth Circuit Opinions Highlight Need to Apply Appellate Lens at Trial Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We often quip that the best way to establish a winning record as an appellate lawyer is to represent the party that won below; that’s no joke. In nearly every appellate court— state or federal— appellants have an uphill...more

Helpful Cases for Mortgage Servicers Attempting to Comply with Mortgage Servicing Regulations After a Bankruptcy Discharge

by Bryan Cave on

Mortgage lenders and servicers face several regulations in servicing residential mortgages. There are requirements under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the Equal Credit...more

Are Those Taxes Owing On Your Late-Filed Tax Return Dischargeable? Maybe, But You Better Be In The Right Circuit

by Bryan Cave on

Individual debtors with old tax debts relating to late-filed tax returns may be surprised to find that those tax debts may not be dischargeable under section 523(a) of the Bankruptcy Code due to the lateness of the tax...more

This Week: Join Us at the ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference

by PretiFlaherty on

The 23rd annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference takes place this week, from July 14-17, at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. This conference provides a great opportunity to gain insight into...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds Student Loan Debt Dischargeable

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Student loan debt in the United States continues to mushroom, and according to the Federal Reserve, is approaching the $1 trillion mark. As bankruptcy practitioners and many in the public well know, the Bankruptcy Code...more

Supreme Court’s discharge exception ruling gives creditors more options

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One goal of bankruptcy for individuals is the discharge of debts, meaning that, upon the successful completion of their bankruptcy case, the debtor is no longer personally responsible for the obligations owed prior to the...more

Objecting to the Dischargeability of Debt: How a Creditor May Protect its Debt in Bankruptcy

by Murtha Cullina on

Imagine that you are an unsecured lender who has learned that a borrower has filed for bankruptcy and has little to no assets available to pay creditors. Is there any way to prevent your debt from being extinguished? This...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Judgment May Be Dischargeable In Bankruptcy

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It is not uncommon for a successful plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty case to have their collection efforts thwarted by a defendant filing for bankruptcy. The issue is whether the state court judgment is dischargeable...more

2nd Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Does Not Preclude FDCPA Suit in District Court

by Burr & Forman on

In Garfield v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 15-527 (2d Cir. Jan. 4, 2016), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals examined whether a debtor who has been discharged in a bankruptcy can sue in a district court under the Fair Debt...more

Lack of Reaffirmation Agreement Results in Finding That Bank Violated Discharge Injunction by Enforcing Post-Bankruptcy Loan...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Venture Bank v. Lapides, 800 F.3d 442 (8th Cir. 2015), the Eighth Circuit found that a bank could not recover from its borrower and, in fact, had violated the post-discharge injunction by relying on change in terms...more

Revisiting the Post-Bankruptcy Toolbox: Don’t Forget to Compare the Financials

For better or worse, lenders have become increasingly familiar with the strange dynamic that is the post-bankruptcy minefield created by their borrowers filing a bankruptcy petition. Immediately, lenders begin thinking about...more

Community Banking Excellence -Fourth Quarter 2015

In This Issue: - Looking Back, Looking Forward: A 2015 Retrospective and 2016 Predictions: This past year has seen many changes in the community banking industry. Some of these issues we expected and some had more...more

Flurry of FCRA Complaints Recently Filed in Nevada Courts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Approximately 50 cases have been filed recently in Nevada state and federal courts against furnishers of information and credit reporting agencies (CRAs) for alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations. It appears...more

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