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Chapter 13 Debtor Keeps Postpetition Appreciation in Nonexempt Property, BAP Says

Courts are split on whether creditors in chapter 13 are entitled to the postpetition appreciation in a debtor’s property.
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Debt of $46,000 Discharged Despite a Flagrantly False Loan Application

Even though the debtor defaulted, Judge Christopher Klein held a trial and ruled that the lender had not relied on a false loan application.

Committee Members Must Disclose the True Extent of Their Claims, Judge Says

The claim of a member of a creditors’ committee was subordinated because she evaded disclosure that her claims would consume the entire estate.

Student Loans Discharged in Part, Even Though Debtor Wasn’t Destitute

A bankruptcy judge can afford little relief from student loans, even for sympathetic debtors who try hard to repay their debts.
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A Motion to Dismiss an Involuntary Petition Only Postpones Filing a Creditor List

Ninth Circuit BAP balances the need for quickly dealing with an involuntary petition against the petitioners’ right to discovery and a list of creditors.
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Courts Reject BAP Opinion on Estate Property When Individuals Convert from 11 to 7

Individuals in chapter 11 who convert to chapter 7 come out worse that those who convert from chapter 13.
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If It’s Consensual, a Plan Can Discharge a Nondischargeable Debt

A debt that’s been paid in full under state law is discharged even if the debtor never receives a discharge, Judge Klein says.

BAP Opinion Shows How Taggart Changes the Outcome of Contempt Motions

Ninth Circuit BAP says that payment of a secured claim in full automatically terminates the underlying lien, even if the plan doesn’t say so explicitly.
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Stay Annulment Is Ok Just to Avoid Liability for Willful Stay Violation

The debtors didn’t have a great case for a stay violation after filing six chapter 13 petitions and living rent-free for five years.
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U.S. Trustee May Not Appoint an Unsecured Committee in a Municipal Bankruptcy

California judge sides with former Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes by holding that the U.S. Trustee does not have statutory power to appoint an unsecured committee in a chapter 9 case.

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