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Status Report on the Supreme Court

Already primed to rule on nonjudicial foreclosure, the Supreme Court might take cases involving contempt, the automatic stay and trademarks.
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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.

Chicago Judge Refuses to Confirm a ‘Step’ Chapter 13 Plan

Judge Barnes won’t allow a chapter 13 debtor’s counsel to be paid at the expense of secured creditors.

Raising a Circuit Split, Ninth Circuit’s Taggart Opinion Heads for a ‘Cert’ Petition

BAP opinion shows that contempt is virtually impossible to prove in the Ninth Circuit following Taggart.
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Circuits Split on Sovereign Immunity and Emotional Distress Damages for a Stay Violation

Ninth Circuit splits with the First on the interpretation of Section 106(a).
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