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Contempt Sanction Against Attorney or Debtor Not Dischargeable Under Section 523(a)(7) According to Latest ABI Poll

Contact: John Hartgen
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April 19, 2007, Alexandria, Va. — A majority of respondents (54 percent) in a recent American Bankruptcy Institute online poll agreed that a contempt sanction against an attorney or debtor is not dischargeable under of §523(a)(7) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Thirty-three percent of respondents “strongly agreed” while 21 percent agreed somewhat that a contempt sanction against an attorney or debtor should not be discharged under §523(a)(7).  

Thirty-three percent of respondents thought that a contempt sanction against an attorney or debtor could be discharged under the Code. Eighteen percent of respondents “strongly disagreed” and 15 percent “disagreed somewhat” that a contempt sanction against an attorney or debtor is not dischargeable. Ten percent did not know or had no opinion.

ABI members and the public were welcome to submit their response to the statement: “A contempt sanction against an attorney/debtor is nondischargeable under §523(a)(7).  The ABI Quick Poll was open for voting from April 5 – 12.

ABI’s weekly Quick Poll is posted on ABI’s home page, ABI members and the public are invited to respond to a question on a timely bankruptcy or insolvency issue. Visit to access the results of previous ABI Quick Polls.


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