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Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on What Is or Is Not a ‘Final, Appealable’ Order

For now, the high court ducks an important automatic stay question for chapter 13 debtors.
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Circuits Split on Bankruptcy Jurisdiction for Social Security, Medicare Suits

Fifth Circuit rejects the ‘recodification canon’ to divest bankruptcy courts of jurisdiction over Social Security suits.
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Freezing a Chapter 7 Debtor’s Bank Account Doesn’t Violate the Automatic Stay

SDNY opinion seems to mean that a bank may freeze a debtor’s entire bank account at filing, without violating the automatic stay.

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Good Faith as Defense to Discharge Violation

In Taggart v. Lorenzen, the justices sounded largely noncommittal, except for the Chief Justice, who seemed in the debtor’s camp favoring a stricter standard for contempt of the discharge injunction.
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‘Treasury Offset Program’ Can’t Be Used After Bankruptcy, Judge Volk Rules

Bankruptcy Judge Volk, nominated for the district court, rules in favor of the debtor on a question dividing the courts.

Filing Tag-Team Bankruptcies Resulted in Suspension from Practice

Fed up with a lawyer’s frivolous litigation tactics, the federal and state courts suspended a lawyer from practice.
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BAPCPA Limits Remedies Against Debtors Who Don’t Reaffirm or Surrender

Congress may have intended to preclude ‘stay and pay,’ but it didn’t succeed.

Automatic Stay Applies to ‘Ordinary Course’ Litigation in Puerto Rico, Circuit Holds

First Circuit finds no exceptions to the automatic stay under PROMESA subjecting Puerto Rico to ‘ordinary course’ litigation.
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