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Life Insurance Proceeds Beyond 180 Days Are Estate Property in Chapter 13

Courts split on inclusion of life insurance proceeds in a chapter 13 estate.

Bank Zapped $1.3 Million for an Erroneous Estoppel Letter that Blocked a Sale

Lender assessed the costs of chapter 11 for causing an unnecessary bankruptcy.

Baker Botts Read Narrowly on Compensation for Defending Fee Application

Florida judge allows fees for supplementing application with more detail.

Validity of Inherited Homestead Exemption Decided by Allusion to Baseball

A house that wasn’t a homestead on the filing date held eligible for the exemption.

Ability to Pay Debts Does Not Control on Section 707(a) Motions to Dismiss

Evading payment of a debt is a valid use of chapter 7, Florida judge rules.

Qui Tam Suits Are Exceptions from the Automatic Stay

Automatic stay is no safe harbor from suits under the False Claims Act.

Debtors Throw Away $36,500 and Their Discharges at the Same Time

Judge can’t save debtors from the consequences of their self-inflicted wounds.

FDCPA Held Applicable to Violations of Discharge Injunction

Debtor-friendly FDCPA opinion gains traction beyond the Second Circuit.

Florida Judge Reads Eleventh Circuit Conservatively on Third-Party Releases

Plan insulating business owners flunks the test for third-party releases.

Florida District Court Again Overrides the FDCPA on Time-Barred Claims

Lower courts continue ignoring the Eleventh Circuit’s policy statement on the FDCPA.