Consumer Bankruptcy Committee


Post date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In the wreck of the Great Recession, numerous borrowers sought to avoid their homestead’s foreclosure despite material payment defaults. Many took advantage of chapter 13, which empowers, inter alia, an individual with a regular income to cure precisely such failures over time under § 1322 (b)(5).

Post date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

One year into the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment rates have already surpassed the high levels seen during the Great Recession in 2009. [1] Like everyone in this country and around the world, debtors are struggling.

Post date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

When a debtor reaffirms a dischargeable debt, this means the obligation will survive discharge and continue to be enforceable.

Post date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), which passed in Congress on Dec. 27, 2020, introduced some noteworthy additions to the Bankruptcy Code. One such issue is the changing relationship between chapter 13 debtors and mortgage lenders when it comes to forbearance requests under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Post date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Regarding chapter 13, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in part allows chapter 13 debtors experiencing a material financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to modify the length of their bankruptcy plan to a maximum of 84 months [1], up to an additional 24 months if the plan was initially s

Post date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
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Shirley Palumbo, Esq. LL.M.

On Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument that may alter the way bankruptcy courts interpret possession and control under Bankruptcy Code § 362(a)(3), and the right of turnover under the ambit of § 542(a). In Chicago v.

Post date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Child Tax Credit statute (CTC), codified in 26 U.S.C. § 24, has received varying degrees of protection in bankruptcy proceedings. Consumer debtors receiving a tax refund attributable to the statute must decide how to treat tax refund proceeds early on in their bankruptcy proceeding.

Post date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

The extensive 2017 changes to the Bankruptcy Rules included a model chapter 13 plan. These changes were designed to bring more uniformity to chapter 13 practice. Uniformity is helpful for both consumers and creditors alike; where courts agree on a majority practice across the country, national lenders become more efficient in their practices.

Post date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court adopted an amendment to Rule 6007 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that makes clear that a creditor that files for abandonment of property of the estate under 11 U.S.C. § 554(b) must serve its motion on all creditors pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7004.

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.


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
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York
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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