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Post date: Monday, August 31, 2020

A recent Fifth Circuit ruling provides significant protection of a debtor’s inherent rights under the Bankruptcy Code. In Brown v.

Post date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

As overall consumer debt has increased over the years, student loan debt has correspondingly increased to astronomical levels.

Post date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Happy Birthday to the “means test,” enacted in 2005 and the centerpiece of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA).[1] In chapter 7 cases, the means test stands for the general proposition that consumers with the “means” to repay some or all of their debts are barred from filing.

Post date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Taggart v.

Post date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The automatic stay is one of the most extraordinary features of the Bankruptcy Code,[1] and the scope of the prohibition against the initiation or continuation “of a judicial, administrative, or other action or proceeding against the debtor” is extremely broad.[2] While the st

Post date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Post date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Richard Cole ([email protected]) and Jon Lieberman ([email protected]), co-chairs of the ABI Consumer Committee, would like to thank all of the committee members and leaders who have made 2019 a most productive and exciting year.

Post date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Let’s face it: Effective consumer bankruptcy lawyers eschew litigation. Bankruptcy procedures promote compromise, and bankruptcy judges favor settlement. Many bankruptcy lawyers develop good settlement skills without ever participating in formal dispute-resolution processes. But occasionally, even effective lawyers can’t settle a case on their own.


Thu, 2020-01-23

This webinar will discuss how new Bankruptcy Student Loan Management Programs are helping debtors solve their student loan issues. The webinar will cover the issues affecting debtors and their student loans as well as the solutions and tools the courts are implementing.

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

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

Mr. John R. Bollinger
Communications Manager
Boleman Law Firm, PC
Hampton, VA
(757) 825-5577

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

Ms. Karlene A. Archer
Membership Relations Director
Karlene A. Archer Law P.L.L.C.
Manlius, TN
(615) 252-3828

Mrs. Michelle Bass
Newsletter Editor
Wolfson Bolton PLLC
Troy, MI
(248) 247-7070

Mrs. Hannah White Hutman
Special Projects Leader
Hoover Penrod PLC
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 433-2444

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

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