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Courts Split on Requiring Reaffirmation for Valid Lease Assumption in Chapter 7

Detroit judge makes auto lease assumption valid without parallel reaffirmation.

Trustee Has No Private Right of Action for Debtor’s Failure to Cooperate

Discharge denial is enough sanction for a debtor who doesn’t cooperate with the trustee.

Mortgages Command Priority over Legal Fees in a Chapter 13 Plan

Plan can’t cause default on a home mortgage to pay a debtor’s lawyer first.

Unpaid Filing Fees Are Nondischargeable Debts in Detroit

Bankruptcy judges can be the government’s best collection agents.

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