The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted America’s Servicing Company’s petition for rehearing en banc in In re Schwartz-Tallard, No. 12-60052 (Petition granted, Dec. 19, 2014). The case arose out of the debtor’s motion for attorney fees relating to ASC’s appeal of a finding that it had violated the automatic stay. The Ninth Circuit found […]
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Based on a study using data drawn from two sources linking student survey responses to administrative records on cost and borrowing, a Brookings Institution report has concluded that “a significant share of undergraduate students do not understand how much they are paying for college or how much debt they are taking on.” The report indicated […]
Like a ray of sunshine through a storm of obfuscation and false compliance, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York found that Wells Fargo’s administrative freeze on bankruptcy debtors’ accounts violates the automatic stay, and debtors injured by the violation have standing to seek damages. In re Weidenbenner, No. 14-35443, 2014 Bankr. […]
Where foreclosure is commenced pre-petition, continuance of the state foreclosure process does not violate the automatic stay. Witkowski v. Knight (In re Witkowski), No. 14-34, __ B.R. __ (B.A.P. 1st Cir. Nov. 13, 2014).
The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank, No. 14-116, and Viegelahn v. Harris (In re Harris), No. 14-400. Bullard asks whether denial of confirmation is a final appealable order. The First Circuit Court of Appeals found that it was not. Bullard, No. 13-9009 (May 14, 2014) (disagreeing with Mort Ranta […]
Finding the debtor to be “honest but unfortunate,” the bankruptcy court discharged her student loans so that she could “sleep at night without these unpayable debts continuing to hang over her head for the next 25 years.” Lamento v. U.S. Dept. of Educ. No. 14-1054 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio Oct. 31, 2014).
Technical abandonment of an estate asset may be revoked if the abandonment was caused by deception by the debtor or inadvertence or mistake on the part of the trustee. Miller v. Reaves (In re Miller), No. 13-1307 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Dec. 5, 2014).
Type: Amicus Date: August 4, 2014 Description: Whether above-median debtor’s projected disposable income should be calculated from the statutory formula rather than schedules I and J. Results: Pending Wolf 4th Cir. NACBA amicus
Type: Amicus Date: July 7, 2014 Description: Whether late-filed taxes are dischargeable. Result: Pending Fahey 1st Cir. NACBA amicus
Type: Amicus Date: July 7, 2014 Description: Whether late-filed taxes are dischargeable. Result: Pending Perkins 1st Cir NACBA amicus