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Reversing the BAP, Ninth Circuit Allows Chapter 13 Plans with Estimated Durations

The Ninth Circuit allows chapter 13 debtors on their own to accelerate payments to creditors and secure their discharges more quickly without modifying their plans.
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Fifth Circuit Bans Molina Provisions in Chapter 13 Plans

Court cannot impose a nonstatutory provision on a chapter 13 ‘full payment’ plan that restricts the debtor’s right to modify a confirmed plan.
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Chapter 13 Debtor Can’t Keep Postpetition Appreciation in Value of Stock Options

Two recent decisions by the 9th Circuit BAP seem in conflict on a chapter 13 debtor’s ability to retain appreciation in the value of assets.
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HAVEN Act May Be Employed to Reduce Payments Under a Confirmed Chapter 13 Plan

Judge Shefferly writes a complicated opinion on the retroactivity of the HAVEN Act to cases filed prior to enactment.

Fifth Circuit Stretches Equitable Notions to Bend Plain Language

A nonprecedential opinion applies Fifth Circuit authority to achieve a result that’s equitable for the debtor and creditors, and maybe also for a personal injury defendant.
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