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Sanctions of $150,000 Upheld Against Nationwide Consumer Firm

When $50,000 in sanctions were not enough to coerce compliance with the Code and Rules, the Eleventh Circuit upheld $150,000 in sanctions for a second violation.
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Detroit District Judge Includes Social Security Benefits in the Chapter 13 ‘Abuse’ Test

Although Social Security benefits are not subject to the “operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law,” judge says they can be considered in deciding whether someone should be allowed to confirm a chapter 13 plan or have a chapter 7 case dismissed for ‘abuse.’

Large Medical Bills Held Not to Be ‘Consumer’ Debts

Courts are split on whether large medical bills are consumer debts that invoke the means test and can bar relief in chapter 7.

Courts Deeply Split on Social Security Benefits in the Chapter 13 ‘Abuse’ Test

Michigan judges disagree about the court’s ability to consider Social Security benefits in deciding whether a chapter plan was proposed in good faith.

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