February 20, 2020
Courts are split on whether large medical bills are consumer debts that invoke the means test and can bar relief in chapter 7.
January 28, 2020
The Supreme Court has ducked the split twice in recent years but should tackle the question this time around.
January 15, 2020
A later First Circuit BAP panel should follow BAP authority unless the prior opinion seems “dead wrong.”
January 9, 2020
A debtor with a law degree but only $37,500 in gross annual income was permitted to discharge more than $220,000 in student loans.
January 3, 2020
A contempt hearing fell under the ‘criminal’ exception to the automatic stay, but jailing a debtor to coerce payment of a prepetition debt violated the stay, Judge Grossman ruled.
November 25, 2019
Someone forced into bankruptcy on account of medical bills will also be forced into chapter 13.
November 19, 2019
A bankruptcy judge can afford little relief from student loans, even for sympathetic debtors who try hard to repay their debts.
November 5, 2019
An ambiguous demand letter violated the discharge injunction, but the lender was not held in contempt in light of Taggart.
November 4, 2019
A debt that’s been paid in full under state law is discharged even if the debtor never receives a discharge, Judge Klein says.
November 1, 2019
Ninth Circuit BAP says that payment of a secured claim in full automatically terminates the underlying lien, even if the plan doesn’t say so explicitly.