An amendment to Rule 3015(c)(1) is currently under review that will permit courts to “opt out” and use a Local Form Plan. Public comment ended on Oct. 3, 2016, and it looks as if Official Form 113, also known as the National Form Plan, and the related Rule amendments will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2017, absent intervention from the Judicial Conference, the Supreme Court or Congress.
Elizabeth Gunn and Margaret A. Burks serve as Co-Chairs of the ABI Consumer Committee. We have an active and lively committee with monthly conference calls to keep events rolling along.
The Official Form rollout on Dec. 1, 2015, included the handsome new Proof of Claim form, B410. The buzz was that the changes to the form were mostly cosmetic, including a larger font and a computer-friendly format. Part 3 of the Proof of Claim form provides many alternatives as to who may sign the form.
Editor's Note: In re Perl is a case that may have significant ramifications, which has drawn the following articles by Jesse Valdez, Esq., who examines why the Court reached the correct decision, and by Shannon Doyle, E
Chapter 7 debtors who own real property need to understand their options, and the potential consequences of their choices. In Failla v. Citibank, 542 B.R. 606 (S.D. Fla. 2015), the court held that a debtor who states his or her intention to surrender under Section 521(a)(2) cannot defend a subsequent foreclosure.
In a 7-1 decision written by Justince Sotomayor, with Justice Thomas dissenting, the Supreme Court ruled that actual fraud under Section 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code does not require a false representation and is broad enough to include a fraudulent conveyance.
Editor's Note: In re Perl is a case that may have significant ramifications, which has drawn the following articles by Jesse Valdez, Esq., who examines why the Court reached the correct decision, and by Shannon Doyle, Esq., who argues that the decision missed the mark.
Re: Trustee Sales in the 1st Circuit: A Reply to Attorney David G. Baker’s response to my article in the November 2015 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal discussing In Re Traverse, 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir.) , cert. denied sub nom. DeGiacamo v. Traverse, 1358 S.Ct.
Means testing was introduced to the world of bankruptcy with the adoption of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). The means test is set forth in 11 U.S.C. § 707(b) and is applied to above-median debtors in chapter 13 through 11 U.S.C. § 1325(b).
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest hurricane in the 2012 hurricane season and the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. It was Sandy that came ashore on Oct. 29, 2012, with a vengeance and destroyed the Zairs’ home, which was located within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.
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