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Consumer Bankruptcy Committee


Kimberly Ross Clayson
Post date: Monday, November 11, 2019

In a chapter 13 bankruptcy, a debtor in default under a residential lease may assume the lease but the debtor’s plan must provide a cure provision for the pre-peti

Post date: Friday, July 12, 2019

On May 7, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for debt collection. These proposals precede a final rule that will be known as Regulation F and will be the first rules issued under the tenure of Director Kathleen Kraninger.

Post date: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Whether it’s a client in financial difficulty or a client pursuing the collection of assets or debts owed, insolvency issues play a prominent role for federal practitioners with commercial and general litigation practices.

Post date: Thursday, July 11, 2019

On May 19, 2019, Senator Dick Durbin introduced Senate Bill 1414, which proposes a simple solution to the ongoing question of how student loans should be handled in bankruptcy. It would strike § 523(a)(8) in its entirety from the Bankruptcy Code, thereby making any governmental or private student loan immediately dischargeable.

Post date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following article, “The Bankruptcy Code’s Disservice to Those Who Served” won the prize for third place in the 11th Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Mr. Jonathan S. Glover is a third year student at Stetson University College Of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Thank you to Jenner & Block for sponsoring this prize.

Post date: Tuesday, April 02, 2019

A split among courts continues to persist with respect to the statutory interpretation of 11 U.S.C. § 1325(a)(5)’s equal-monthly-payment provision and the prioritization of payments of the debtor’s attorney’s fees pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1326(b)(1).

Post date: Tuesday, April 02, 2019

It often comes as an unwelcome surprise when debtors discover that they cannot force a creditor to take something back that the debtors no longer want, no longer use and no longer intend to pay for.

Post date: Friday, November 16, 2018

Student loan debt is (mostly) presumed nondischargeable under § 523(a)(8).[1] Hardship discharge of such debt has become a vanishingly probable outcome.

Post date: Friday, November 16, 2018

Beth Stephens and Richard Cole, co-chairs of the ABI Consumer Committee this year, thank all committee members for their support and participation in 2018. The Consumer Committee has a diverse membership.

Post date: Friday, November 16, 2018

The Bankruptcy Code contemplates the filing of a joint petition to commence a bankruptcy case for a married couple under § 302(a).


Tue, 2019-07-30

On July 30, 2019, the leadership of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee presented the free webinar “The Intersection of Bankruptcy and the FDCPA: the CFPB’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.”  The expert panel included Committee Co-Chair Jon Lieberman (Sottile & Barile LLC; Loveland, Ohio), Chris Hawkins (The Bradley Firm; Birmingham, Alabama), and Keith Larson (Seiller Waterman LLC; Louisville, Kentucky.)


Thu, 2017-10-12

The CFPB enacted certain changes for 2017 and 2018 which bring about fundamental changes in the practice and daily life of consumers, servicers, trustees and bankruptcy practitioners. The new rules add additional forms and heightened requirements that will affect the daily practice of anyone involved in the mortgage and lending world.

Fri, 2017-06-16

Hear a stimulating, high energy discussion involving a debtor's attorney, a chapter 12 trustee and a bankruptcy judge sharing the special and surprising aspects of chapter 12. Learn tips to navigate the challenges and to evaluate this chapter choice. Topics covered will include farmer and fisherman bankruptcies, cramming down homes, long term amortizations, tax benefits, and eligibility requirements. This program is not just for chapter 12 practitioners - all bankruptcy practitioners and judges will enjoy this one hour overview of one of the most fascinating chapters of the Code.

Tue, 2017-01-17

The webinar will provide an overview of the National Form Plan and the opt-out compromise, as well as an update on the current status of the proposed rules. There will be a presentation about the other changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Speakers will also lead a discussion of the requirements of Rule 3015.1 for courts choosing to opt out of the National Form Plan.

Fri, 2016-04-15

Who Pays the Price for Health Care Insolvencies: the Consumer, the Vendors or the Public at Large?

Sat, 2015-04-18

Consumer Mortgage Modification Mediation: A Florida Success Story

Mr. Richard John Cole, III
Cole & Cole Law, P.A.
Sarasota, FL
(941) 400-0117

Mr. Jon Jay Lieberman
Sottile & Barile LLC
Loveland, OH
(859) 912-1659

Ms. Heather Giannino
Communications Manager
Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC
Decatur, IL
(217) 422-1719

Mr. H. David Cox
Education Director
Cox Law Group
Lynchburg, VA
(434) 845-2600

Mrs. Michelle Bass
Membership Relations Director
Wolfson Bolton PLLC
Troy, MI
(248) 247-7070

Mr. Christopher L. Hawkins
Newsletter Editor
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, AL
(205) 521-8556

Mr. John R. Bollinger
Special Projects Leader
Boleman Law Firm, PC
Hampton, VA
(757) 825-5577

Mr. Keith James Larson
Special Projects Leader
Seiller Waterman, LLC
Louisville, KY

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