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Sanctions Upheld Against ‘Nationwide’ Law Firm for Violating Section 526

Law firm suspended 90 days for multiple violations of rules of professional conduct.

District Court Allows 401(k) Contributions in Chapter 13 Up to the IRS Limits

Lower courts split three ways on 401(k) contributions and the calculation of disposable income in chapter 13.

Prefiling Expenses Can’t Be Reimbursed in a Chapter 13 Plan in Western Louisiana

Debtor’s counsel can’t recover prefiling expenses in a ‘no money down’ bankruptcy in the W.D. La.

Leased but Unused Personal Property Qualifies for an Administrative Claim

Circuits are split on requiring use of leased equipment before allowing an administrative claim.

Interim Fee Awards in Chapter 13 Are OK Before Conversion

District judge changes local practice in the bankruptcy court on interim awards in chapter 13.

Counsel Must Eat Filing Fees in ‘No-Money-Down’ Chapter 13s

Lawyers can’t be reimbursed for advancing filing fees through fee applications or ‘no-look’ fees.

After Chapter 13 Dismissal, Counsel Fees Aren’t Paid

Harris v. Viegelahn extended from chapter 13 conversions to dismissals.

Trustee Gets No Fee on Insurance Proceeds Paid to Secured Lender

District judge prescribes local rule for bankruptcy courts.

Even Without Implied Repeal, Filing a Stale Claim Does Not Violate the FDCPA

Louisiana bankruptcy judge splits with Eleventh Circuit’s Crawford decision.

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