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‘Disposable Income’ Must Be Carefully Defined to Preserve the Debtor’s Discharge

Judge Christopher Klein parses the burdens of proof on conversion, dismissal and right to a discharge for an individual in chapter 11.

Exotic Aircraft Finance Defeats a Trustee on Recharacterization

Electing English law upheld, even though no one had any connection with the U.K.

California Judge Explains Why Acevedo Doesn’t Bar Retroactive Orders

Retroactive and nunc pro tunc orders aren’t the same thing, Judge Jaime says. Orders may be retroactive when the power is implied by statute.

Judge Christopher Klein Takes Sides on a Circuit Spilt Coming to the Supreme Court

Judge Klein’s opinion reads like an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to grant ‘cert’ and resolve a circuit split by taking sides with the majority on Section 362(c)(3)(A).

First Opinion on the SBRA Permits Conversion of an Existing Chapter 11 Case

Bankruptcy Judge Scott Clarkson of Santa Ana, Calif., issued the first reported decision on the new small business reorganization law that became effective on February 19.

Section 362(k)(1) Sanctions Apply to Automatic Stay Violation Continuing After Discharge

Almost $35,000 in actual and punitive damages was imposed on a judgment creditor and its collection law firm for failing to vacate a garnishment following notice of bankruptcy and discharge.

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.

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.

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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