Author Archives: NCBRC

Ocwen’s Errors Force Debtors into Bankruptcy

A Delaware Bankruptcy Judge took on the task of calculating the debtors’ mortgage payment history in the face of erroneous calculations by Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC. Judge Shannon found that the debtors were current on their payments when Ocwen initiated foreclosure proceedings and that Ocwen’s errors forced the debtors into bankruptcy to save their home. […]

Bankruptcy Court Takes Compassionate View of Default

The evidence showed that the debtors’ breach of contract and conversion of collateral was not willful and malicious for purposes of nondischargeability under section 523(a)(6). Mountain Am. Credit Union v. Trujillo (In re Trujillo), No. 13-12434, Adv. No. 13-1095 (Bankr. D. N.M. July 3, 2014). 

Debt for Fees Related to Incarceration of Minor Not Dischargeable

A Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit found that debt based on expenses incurred by the county juvenile justice system for the care of the debtor’s son while incarcerated is nondischargeable Rivera v. Orange County Probation Dept. (In re Rivera), No. 13-1476 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. June 4, 2014).

Child Support Properly Deducted from Means Test

The debtor properly excluded $400.00/month in child support payments from her calculation of disposable income despite deducting child care expenses elsewhere on the means test. Clark v. Brooks (In re Brooks), No. 14-1031 (C.D. Ill. July 21, 2014).

Cybersquatting Judgment Results in Nondischargeable Debt

A million-dollar-plus district court judgment against the debtor for intentional trademark infringement and cybersquatting resulted in a nondischargeable debt in bankruptcy under section 523(a)(6). Nguyen v. Biondo (In re Biondo) No. 13-1612 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. June 13, 2014).

No Compelled Title Transfer for Surrendered Property. But . . .

A debtor may not require a secured creditor to take title to surrendered property. However, the creditor’s failure to object to the transfer of title may be construed as acceptance of the deed. In re Rose, No. 12-40743 (Bankr. W. D. N.C. July 8, 2014). The issue came before the court on the debtors’ motion […]

Inadvertence as Subjective/Objective Question in Judicial Estoppel Analysis

In the context of judicial estoppel, courts are divided on the issue of whether, for purposes of analyzing the defense of mistake or inadvertence, a plaintiff’s subjective intent matters. Several recent cases touch on this issue.

Debtors Enjoying Growing Consensus on Chapter 20 Lien Strip Cases

Following closely on the heels of the Eleventh Circuit decision in In re Scantling, the BAP for the Sixth Circuit held that chapter 20 debtors may strip liens despite the unavailability of discharge. In re Cain, No. 13-8045 (July 14, 2014).

Eviction Is Violation of Stay even after Pre-Petition Foreclosure Sale

A debtor’s possessory interest in property sold through foreclosure is sufficient to support a cause of action for violation of the automatic stay even though that interest may have been insufficient to withstand a motion for relief from stay. Eden Place v. Perl (In re Perl), No. 13-1328 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. May 30, 2014).

Filing of Stale Claims in Bankruptcy Violates FDCPA

Addressing what it termed a “deluge that has swept through U.S. bankruptcy courts,” the Eleventh Circuit took on the question of “whether a proof of claim to collect a stale debt in Chapter 13 bankruptcy violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA” or “Act”). 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692−1692p (2006). Based on the broad language […]