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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 -

A Decision of Interest: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Opines on the Proper Interest Rate Under the Cramdown...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision regarding the manner in which interest must be calculated to satisfy the cramdown requirements in a chapter 11 case....more

Second Circuit Requires Consideration of Efficient Market for Chapter 11 Cramdown Interest Rates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Ruling overturns New York decision rejecting market-based approach. Key Points: - Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit requires courts to consider efficient market interest rate, if available, for purposes of chapter...more

Eleventh Circuit Narrows Application of Judicial Estoppel

by Burr & Forman on

The Eleventh Circuit has revisited the question of when a debtor may be judicially estopped from pursuing a civil lawsuit due to his or her failure to disclose the claims forming the basis of the lawsuit in their bankruptcy....more

Cramdown Interest Rate Best Set Based on Market Rates

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Bankruptcy Code permits cramdown of a secured creditor but requires that the secured creditor receive deferred cash payments at least equal to the value of its collateral. This means that installment payments to the...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

No Notice: How Unnotified Creditors Can Violate a Discharge Injunction

by Bryan Cave on

Here is the scenario: You are a creditor. You hold clear evidence of a debt that is not disputed by the borrower, an individual. That evidence of debt could be in the form of a note, credit agreement or simply an invoice. ...more

Jump in Credit Scores Means Dip in Underwriting Predictability

by Carlton Fields on

Underwriters that rely on popular credit-scoring models like FICO and VantageScore to assess risk may have noticed that some consumer credit scores jumped recently. The nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax Inc.,...more

House Financial Services Committee Schedules Oct. 11 Mark-Up of "Madden fix" Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee was scheduled to mark up Wednesday, October 11, was a bill to provide a "Madden fix" as well as several others relevant to consumer financial services...more

CFPB Makes Last-Minute Changes to 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule

On October 4, 2017, the CFPB released an interim final rule and a proposed rule to amend certain provisions of its 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule. While the changes will not drastically change the 2016 Mortgage Servicing...more

Debtor’s Failure to Disclose No Longer Deadly in Eleventh Circuit

by Perkins Coie on

Employers and other defendants suffered a setback recently. Most large companies have been sued by an employee who failed to disclose the lawsuit or cause of action in their individual bankruptcy case. For many years, the...more

Bitcoin and Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know about the Value of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies in Bankruptcy

It is hard to peruse the internet or even mainstream media outlets without hearing about bitcoin. What is this ubiquitous bitcoin? It depends on whom you ask....more

Dear Debtor, Three Strikes And You’re Outta Here!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When an individual files for bankruptcy protection, he/she is entitled to certain wonderful benefits. For example, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing will stop (at least temporarily) a home foreclosure or car repossession and...more

Topple of Estoppel? Eleventh Circuit Deals Blow to Bankruptcy Disclosure Defense in Discrimination Suit

Employees who sue their employers must disclose that lawsuit if they file for bankruptcy—right? Maybe not. In Slater v. U.S. Steel Corp., the Eleventh Circuit overruled prior precedent and impaired a valuable defense for...more

Private Schools Defeat Clawback Claim by Chapter 7 Trustee

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the last few years, Chapter 7 Trustees have aggressively sought to clawback tuition payments made to colleges and universities by parents on behalf of their children after the parents filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy....more

The Non-Dischargeable Student Loan - BB&K Attorney Cathy Ta Writes for Riverside Lawyer Magazine

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Obtaining a bankruptcy discharge of debts is the primary tool in providing the "honest but unfortunate debtor" a fresh start. Yet, a student loan made or guaranteed by a governmental unit or nonprofit is excepted from the...more

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

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