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Undisclosed Fee Sharing Results in Disqualification and Disgorgement in Delaware

Since they weren’t bankruptcy lawyers, the firm wasn’t disqualified for the first nondisclosure offense. The second time, Delaware’s Judge Dorsey ordered disqualification and disgorgement
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Ninth Circuit: Government Doesn’t Pay Counsel Fees on Reversal of Sua Sponte Actions

Will there be occasions where the government must pay a debtor’s counsel’s fees when a U.S. Trustee unsuccessfully opposes a debtor’s initiative?
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Trustee Ordered to Disgorge Fees for Failing to Pay the U.S. Trustee’s Fees

The power to order disgorgement of fees arose under Section 105(a), not from Sections 330 or 331.

Complete Disgorgement Is the Default Sanction for Failure to Disclose a Fee Agreement

Anything less than full disgorgement must be supported by ‘sound reasons’ and ‘solid evidence,’ the Tenth Circuit says.
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Judge Romero Explains Why Lenders Can’t Claw Back Retainers Paid by Debtors

The UCC protects retainers in the hands of lawyers from secured lenders bent on glomming their collateral.
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Another Workaround Following the Prohibition of Nunc Pro Tunc Orders

The Supreme Court hasn’t prohibited paying counsel fees for services rendered before the entry of a retention order, Judge Preston says.

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