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Filings by the Debtor Sufficed as the Creditor’s Informal Proof of Claim

Fifth Circuit’s liberal rule on allowing an informal proof of claim is interpreted liberally.

Unclaimed Oil and Gas Royalties Cannot Become Estate Property, Texas Judge Says

Confirmation order cannot turn someone else’s property into estate property.

Even ‘False’ Debts Are Discharged

Student loan lender’s argument was ‘preposterous,’ judge says.

No Statute of Limitations for Suing on a Trustee’s Surety Bond

Removing and discharging a trustee are not synonymous, Houston judge rules.

Diligence by Itself Won’t Justify Invocation of Equitable Tolling

Houston judge doesn’t excuse delay in identifying John Doe defendants.

For Chapter 13 Eligibility, Lease Claims Aren’t Capped

Large judgment for future rent made debtors ineligible for chapter 13.

Courts Split on Bankruptcy Judge’s Ability to Invoke ‘Innocent Spouse’ Doctrine

After waiting six months, bankruptcy court may rule on a debtor’s ‘innocent spouse’ claim.

Stern Doesn’t Limit Bankruptcy Court in Liquidating a Nondischargeable Debt

Decisions by Circuit Judge Posner and Houston’s Judge Isgur don’t line up.

Debtor May Not Benefit from His Own Fraudulent Transfer

Exemption cannot be claimed in a home recovered as a fraudulent transfer.