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Texas Bankruptcy Judge Holds that Not Every Loan Related to Education is a Nondischargeable Student Loan in Purported Class Action

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(8) generally prohibits a discharge of student loan debt, unless the student debtor can prove that paying it back would be an undue hardship—often a high bar. That does not stop student debtors...more

Awkward: Old Friend From Church Blocks Discharge of Student Loan Debt

by Bryan Cave on

Providing an exception to the axiom that no good deed goes unpunished (a wonderful phrase courtesy of Clare Booth Luce, author, Ambassador, speaker, and a model for our times even thirty years after her death), a Texas...more

Second Circuit, on Truncated Record, Holds Dispute Implicating Core Bankruptcy Proceeding Non-Arbitrable

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a recent decision pitting the Bankruptcy Code against the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a creditor could not compel arbitration of a debtor's class action claims...more

Restricted vs. Continuing Guaranty and the Section 727(b) Discharge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Is your guaranty restricted or continuing? A continuing guaranty gives rise to divisible individual transactions, while a restricted guaranty­—one that concerns a contemplated and specified extension of credit—arises upon...more

Bankruptcy court holds that state consumer fraud claims against corporations are dischargeable in bankruptcy

Section 1141(d)(6)(A) and section 523(a)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code together provide that debts owed by a corporation to a government entity are not dischargeable if such debts were obtained by false representations. Does this...more

Education Dept. seeks comment on factors used to evaluate student loan discharge claims in bankruptcy cases

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education has published a request for information in yesterdays Federal Register seeking comment on the factors used to evaluate claims of undue hardship made by student loan borrowers attempting to...more

Post-Discharge Loan Modification with Partial Claim Gets Servicer in Trouble with Bankruptcy Court

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York recently sanctioned a mortgage servicer for violating a bankruptcy discharge injunction when it required a debtor to sign a subordinate mortgage and note—pursuant...more

Eighth Circuit rejects foreseeability test for notice to unknown creditors

In Dahlin v. Lyondell Chemical Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1956 (8th Cir. Jan. 26, 2018), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an argument that bankruptcy debtors were required by due process to provide more prominent...more

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Narrows the Definition of Borrower Under RESPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) promulgated a number of mortgage servicing rules, including rules governing loss mitigation procedures. ...more

The So-Called “Innocent Spouse” Defense to Denial of Discharge Under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(3)

by Burr & Forman on

Under § 727(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code, a court shall not grant a debtor’s discharge if “the debtor has concealed, destroyed, mutilated, falsified, or failed to keep or preserve any recorded information, including books,...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

How to Get a Student Loan Discharged Because of a Disability

Many people with disability income owe student loans. Although deferring repayment or working out a repayment plan based on the individual’s income are possible options, there’s also a process for discharging student loans...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

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

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

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the April 2017 issue of The Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Jonathan Sykes and Correy Karbiener provide insight on whether § 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code protects transfers made to repay commercial...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

by Bryan Cave on

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

Directors, Officers and Other Responsible Persons Be Aware - Your Vicarious Liability for Your Company’s Violations of Securities...

by Dechert LLP on

A debtor ordinarily may discharge debts in bankruptcy, unless one of several exceptions apply. One of the preclusions to dischargeability of certain debts, found in Section 523(a)(19) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, generally...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

Appellate Court Reverses Course on Lis Pendens Effect on Post Judgment Liens

UPDATE: On rehearing, the appellate court held that all liens placed on property between a final judgment of foreclosure and judicial sale are discharged by Florida statute. Specifically, the court recognized that the sale...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

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