Louisiana Western District
Lower courts split three ways on 401(k) contributions and the calculation of disposable income in chapter 13.
Debtor’s counsel can’t recover prefiling expenses in a ‘no money down’ bankruptcy in the W.D. La.
Circuits are split on requiring use of leased equipment before allowing an administrative claim.
District judge changes local practice in the bankruptcy court on interim awards in chapter 13.
Lawyers can’t be reimbursed for advancing filing fees through fee applications or ‘no-look’ fees.
Harris v. Viegelahn extended from chapter 13 conversions to dismissals.
District judge prescribes local rule for bankruptcy courts.
Exemption value to be decided at a ‘one-shot’ public auction.
Louisiana bankruptcy judge splits with Eleventh Circuit’s Crawford decision.
Judge avoids tough decision on who is a ‘forward contract merchant.’