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CONGRESS APPROVES STUDENT LOAN INTEREST PLAN

The millions of college students and parents who will borrow money from the federal government for the coming school year can plan on much lower interest rates than originally offered, as the U.S. House overwhelmingly voted 392 to 31 yesterday to approve a Senate plan that would allow interest rates to move with the financial markets, the Washington Post reported today. The plan now goes to President Obama for signature, who has already voiced his support. Undergraduates who take out federal loans for the coming school year can expect an interest rate of 3.86 percent, while the rate for graduate students will be 5.41 percent. The interest rate for PLUS loans, available to graduate students and parents of students, will be 6.41 percent. All of those rates are lower than the current fixed rates of 6.8 percent for Stafford loans and 7.9 percent for PLUS loans. These rates will apply to loans taken out since July 1 and will lock in for the lifetime of the loan. The plan calls for limits on how high the rates can go: 8.25 percent for undergraduates, 9.5 percent for graduate students and 10.5 percent for PLUS loans. Read more.

DETROIT

COMMENTARY: FOR DETROIT'S RETIREES, MICHIGAN'S PENSION PROMISE MUST BE KEPT

If all of Detroit's creditors and claimants are on the hook for a reduction in the $18.5 billion in debt and long-term liabilities they're owed, a fair settlement cannot be reached without accounting for the damage done in the process, to the city and to its people, according to an editorial today in the Detroit Free Press. Among the city's claimants, retirees are the most vulnerable, according to the editorial. Their payouts are meager -- an average of $30,000 a year for police and fire, $19,000 for other city employees -- but absolutely crucial to their survival. And even though the pension systems' elected leadership mismanaged funds, made poor investments and overstated the funds' health, to place the burden of the consequences of those missteps on recipients is a nightmare. If you're getting only about $1,600 a month -- now subject to state income tax -- even a small adjustment can be devastating. Many pensioners would have to turn to public assistance, lose their independence, or worse. The editorial insists that Detroit face up to its decades of financial mismanagement, support the idea that residents and services should be prioritized over the city's debts and liabilities, and accept that bankruptcy is the vehicle for that restructuring. A financially solvent Detroit bought at the expense of retirees' welfare and safety is an equation that doesn't balance. Read the full editorial.

Looking for court documents or the state statutes referenced in the Detroit bankruptcy case? The latest news stories and analysis? Audio and video of experts examining the issues of the case? ABI has all those items and more on ABI's Detroit Bankruptcy Resources webpage. As new developments break and filings are registered with the court throughout the proceeding, ABI's Detroit webpage will keep you up-to-date on the proceeding. Make sure to bookmark and regularly visit http://news.abi.org/detroit.

BLOOMBERG'S LATEST "BILL ON BANKRUPTCY" VIDEO: DETROIT COULD MEAN LITTLE FOR CREDITORS

How Detroit is dramatically different from any other municipal bankruptcy is the first topic of discussion on the video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle. To watch the video, please click here.

ANALYSIS: EMINENT DOMAIN BATTLE PITS HOMEOWNER AGAINST HOSPITAL

Robert and Patricia Castillo, a California couple who have already had their monthly mortgage payments cut by almost 60 percent, want the city of Richmond to reduce their debt further by using its powers of eminent domain. But that could be bad for hospitals in Missouri, according to a Bloomberg News analysis today. The Castillos owe $436,500 on two loans on a three-bedroom home that's now worth about $125,000. The hospitals are members of a mutual insurer that's among investors in the Pimco High Yield Fund, which owns a slice of the bonds backed by loans including the Castillos'. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said "it's our community that's at stake here," and the eminent domain plan is needed to help her city stem its foreclosure crisis. At least a dozen cities still dealing with the fallout of the housing bust are studying proposals to confiscate home loans and write them down to help homeowners escape oversized debt burdens. Pacific Investment Management Co., which is known as Pimco and manages the world's largest bond fund, is among mortgage-securities investors organizing a coalition to take legal action to oppose the push. The program is advocated by Steven Gluckstern's Mortgage Resolution Partners LLC, which would provide services and arrange for private investment funds that would profit by buying the loans for less than property values and then reworking them. Read more.

BANKS FIND S&P TO BE MORE FAVORABLE IN ITS BOND RATINGS

Five years after inflated credit ratings helped touch off the financial crisis, the nation's largest ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, is winning business again by offering more favorable ratings, the New York Times DealBook blog reported today. S&P has been giving higher grades than its big rivals to certain mortgage-backed securities just as Wall Street is eagerly trying to revive the market for these investments, according to an analysis conducted for the New York Times by Commercial Mortgage Alert, which collects data on the industry. S&P's chase for business is notable because it is fighting a government lawsuit accusing it of similar action that occurred before the financial crisis. As the company battles those accusations, industry participants say that it has once again been moving to capture business by offering Wall Street underwriters higher ratings than other agencies will offer. Banks have shown a new willingness to hire S&P to rate their bonds and have tripled its market share in the first half of 2013. Its biggest rivals have been much less likely to give higher ratings. Read more.

SEC POISED TO ACT ON CEO PAY

A rule requiring public companies to disclose how much their chief executives are paid compared to average workers will be issued "in the near future," according to the chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), The Hill reported yesterday. "I hope that it is completed in the next month or two," Mary Jo White said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday. The rule was ordered under the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, but has yet to be issued by the SEC. Democrats and union leaders who back the rule say it would help workers negotiate their salaries and expose patterns of income inequality. Business groups have opposed the requirement as overly burdensome, and worry that it could end up hurting companies by diverting money and resources to calculating the total benefits, overtime and other pay measures for all workers. Read more.

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If you were not able to attend ABI's recent abiLIVE webinar examining § 1111(b), a recording of the program is now available for downloading! Utilizing a case study, ABI's panel of experts explored the issues surrounding a lender's decision on whether or not to make an election under § 1111(b), plan feasibility and voting. The abiLIVE panel also walked attendees through the necessary mathematical analyses used to examine these issues. The 90-minute recording is available for the special price of $75 and can be purchased here.

abiLIVE WEBINAR ON AUGUST 20: HOW WILL THE NEW U.S. TRUSTEE FEE GUIDELINES IMPACT YOU?

The new U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines will affect all attorneys and firms who work on larger chapter 11 cases filed on or after Nov. 1. ABI's Ethics & Professional Compensation Committee will present a panel of experts, including Clifford J. White, the director of the U.S. Trustee Program, to discuss some of the ways the new guidelines could change day-to-day operations in firms, issues relating to the new market rate benchmarks, and how these changes might alter insolvency practice. Register today to hear government, attorney and academic perspectives speak on this important and timely topic.

ABI GOLF TOUR UNDERWAY; NEXT STOP IS THE MID-ATLANTIC BANKRUPTCY WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK

The 5th stop for the ABI Golf Tour is the Hershey Country Club, in conjunction with next week's Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop. Final scoring to win the Great American Cup — sponsored by Great American Group — is based on your top three scores at seven scheduled ABI events, so play as many as you can before the tour wraps up at the Winter Leadership Conference in December. See the Tour page for details and course descriptions. The ABI Golf Tour combines networking with fun competition, as golfers "play their own ball." Including your handicap means everyone has an equal chance to compete for the glory of being crowned ABI's top golfer of 2013! A 22-handicapper won the tour event last week at Amelia Island, Fla.! There's no charge to register or participate in the Tour.

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NEW CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: THE WHITE FAMILY COMPANIES INC. V. SLONE (IN RE DAYTON TITLE AGENCY INC.; 6TH CIR.)

Summarized by Thomas DeCarlo

The Sixth Circuit ruled that funds constitute property of the debtor at the time of transfer for purposes of avoiding a fraudulent transfer. Provisional credit by the bank for a check deposited by the debtor to hold in trust for a third party amounted to a loan to the debtor when deposited check bounced. As the third party never actually conveyed any money to the debtor, there was nothing for the debtor to hold in trust.

There are more than 900 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: MERCHANTS SCORE A WIN IN SWIPE FEE WAR

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent blog post examines a federal judge's ruling that overturned the Federal Reserve's rule on debit card swipe fee caps, effectively stating that the central bank had set the caps too high.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

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A class of claims should not be considered impaired for purposes of § 1129(a)(10) if the impairment results from the plan proponents' exercise of discretion (i.e., artificial impairment) and not driven by economic need. (In re Village at Camp Bowie I LP).

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Foreclosure Filings Increase in 60 Percent of Large U.S. Cities

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FORECLOSURE FILINGS INCREASE IN 60 PERCENT OF LARGE U.S. CITIES

RealtyTrac Inc. reported that foreclosure filings rose in almost 60 percent of large U.S. cities in the first half of 2012, indicating that many areas will have more distressed homes on the market later this year, Bloomberg News reported today. More than 1 million homes in metropolitan areas with populations of at least 200,000 received notices of default, auction or repossession, up 1.5 percent from the last six months of 2011, the Irvine, Calif.-based data provider said today. Among the 20 largest markets, Tampa, Fla., Philadelphia, Chicago and New York City had the biggest percentage increases in filings. Across the nation, one in 126 households received a foreclosure notice in the first half of the year, RealtyTrac said. Of the 212 metro areas with at least 200,000 residents, 125 cities had an increase in filings from the latter half of 2011. Read more.

DEMOCRATS PROPOSE BILL TO PROTECT WAGES, BENEFITS IN BANKRUPTCY

Congressional Democrats are proposing legislation that could double employees' and retirees' recoveries when their employers file for chapter 11 protection, Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review reported yesterday. Led by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. John Conyers (R-Mich.), the "Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act" introduced on July 12 would amend the Bankruptcy Code to double, to $20,000, the maximum claim for wages and benefits that workers and retirees can assert in their employers' chapter 11 cases. Rep. Conyers and Sen. Durbin have introduced similar legislation twice already, in 2007 and 2010, but neither version made it before the full House or Senate. Read more. (Subscription required.)

To read the text of the "Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act," please click here.

COMMENTARY: BETTER DISCLOSURE FOR PRIVATE LOANS NEEDED

About two-thirds of bachelor’s degree recipients borrow to complete their educations, but only the fortunate among them rely on federal loans that offer a low, fixed-interest rate and broad consumer protections that allow them to defer payments if they lose their jobs, according to a New York Times editorial today. However, many students have to turn to private student loans that have variable interest rates and few consumer protections. A new study issued jointly last week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education makes it clear that the government, Congress in particular, can do a better job of educating families about the significant differences between private and federal loans while making sure that colleges and lenders are up-front and honest about risks. The study's most distressing finding is that more than 40 percent of students who borrowed privately were in fact eligible to borrow from the safer and generally less costly federal program. The study says that the poor economy has made it hard for many student borrowers of private loans to meet their obligations, and many are at risk of default. At a minimum, Congress should revisit the 2005 amendments to the bankruptcy law, but it should also pass a pending bill sponsored by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that would require colleges and lenders to thoroughly explain borrowing options to students. Read the full editorial.

MAJOR RETAILERS OPPOSE SWIPE FEE SETTLEMENT

Many analysts considered the $7.25 billion credit card interchange fee settlement to be a significant victory for retailers, but the world's two largest retailers, Walmart and Target, have both come out against the proposed settlement, Forbes.com reported today. They join the National Association of Convenience Stores and the National Retail Federation, two organizations which immediately denounced the settlement when it was first announced on July 13. These organizations feel that the settlement has left credit card issuers with too much control over swipe fees. As part of the landmark agreement–the largest antitrust class-action settlement in history–MasterCard, Visa and major banks agreed to pay more than $6 billion to resolve accusations that they engaged in anticompetitive practices and price fixing in payment processing. In addition, credit card companies agreed to reduce swipe fees for eight months, an adjustment valued at $1.2 billion. The settlement would also allow retailers to charge higher prices to their customers for paying with credit cards. Before this settlement, the card companies prohibited retailers from adding this type of surcharge. Read more.

STATES SEEK CONGRESSIONAL ASSISTANCE TO COLLECT INTERNET SALES TAXES

More than 21 states have simplified how they collect taxes in hopes of recovering an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected by out-of-state online merchants every year, but the nation's governors say that they still need help from Congress, the Associated Press reported today. Speaking on behalf of the National Governors Association, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that it is not fair to local businesses that online sellers are not required to collect and distribute state sales taxes for purchases made where they don't have a physical presence. Through the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax coalition, nearly 21 states are in full compliance with the laws and regulations set forth by the cooperative and have agreed to implement the policies and software technology that would make it easy for even the smallest businesses to collect and forward sales taxes across state lines. Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) urged the House to pass the Marketplace Equity Act of 2011, which is co-sponsored by 48 House lawmakers from both parties. The act was in response to a 1992 Supreme Court decision that restricted states from collecting sales taxes on Internet transactions from online retailers that did not have a physical connection with the state. Read more.

LATEST ABI PODCAST EXAMINES CALIFORNIA COUNTY'S CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR UNDERWATER HOMEOWNERS

The latest ABI podcast features ABI Executive Director Sam Gerdano talking with former ABI Resident Scholar Prof. Mark Scarberry from the Pepperdine University School of Law about a controversial proposal being considered by a few localities in California to provide relief to underwater homeowners. Officials from San Bernardino County, Calif., along with two other cities are considering a proposal to use eminent domain to reclaim underwater, but performing, mortgages to then rewrite the mortgage and lower the monthly payments. The county would then pay investors what they consider "fair value" for the mortgage. Scarberry, who continues to analyze various approaches to the foreclosure crisis, talks about the proposal and the potential legal ramifications of using eminent domain to provide relief from the foreclosure crisis. Click here to listen to the podcast.

“SUBJECTING BUSINESS PROJECTIONS TO SCRUTINY IN VALUATION DISPUTES” WEBINAR TO BE HELD ON JULY 30!

Reassembling the speakers from the highest-rated panel at the New York City Bankruptcy Conference this year, ABI will be holding a live webinar on July 30 at 11 a.m. ET titled, "Subjecting Business Projections to Scrutiny in Valuation Disputes." Panelists include:

  • Moderator David Pauker of Goldin Associates, LLC (New York)
  • Martin J. Bienenstock of Proskauer (New York)
  • David M. Hillman of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (New York)
  • Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber (S.D.N.Y.)

The panel will address:

  • How much deference should management projections be accorded?
  • How do you determine whether projections are unrealistically optimistic or pessimistic?
  • What is the relevance of "market consensus?"
  • How do management’s incentives impact projections?

The webinar is available to ABI members for $75 and is approved for 1.0 CLE hours in Calif., Ga., Hawaii, Ill., N.Y. (approved jurisdiction policy) S.C. and Texas. CLE approval is pending in Del., Fla., Pa. and Tenn. To register, please click here.

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LATEST CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: MORRIS V. BROWN (IN RE BROWN; 6TH CIR.)

Summarized by Robert Hillyer of Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada PLLC

The Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court order granting summary judgment in favor of appellee Brown dismissing the adversary complaint filed by appellants Morris and Lynch seeking determination that Brown's debt to them was nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6).

More than 570 appellate opinions are summarized on Volo typically within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: MORTGAGE MODIFICATIONS IN BANKRUPTCY HELP HOMEOWNERS

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent post advocates for more bankruptcy courts to start using the Mortgage Modification Mediation Program first started by Judge Robert Drain in the Southern District of New York.

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The anti-modification rule for home mortgages in chapter 13 should be repealed, subjecting mortgage debts to bifurcation like any other secured claim.

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Detroit Becomes Biggest U.S. City to File for Bankruptcy

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | July 18, 2013
 
  

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DETROIT BECOMES BIGGEST U.S. CITY TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY

Detroit today became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy as it officially sought bankruptcy court protection from its creditors while it tries to eliminate a budget deficit and cut its long-term debt, Bloomberg News reported today. The city listed assets and debt of more than $1 billion in a chapter 9 petition filed today in federal court in Detroit. Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency fiscal manager, warned in May that the city might run out of cash. His proposal to restructure more than $17 billion in debt and long-term obligations includes cutting pension payments, ending cost-of-living increases, removing some workers from the system and making the rest pay more. "Without a significant restructuring of its debt, the city will be unable to break the cycle of damaging cutbacks in essential municipal services and investments," Orr said in a report. The case is City of Detroit, 13-53846, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit). Read more.

For an analysis of the situation in Detroit, municipal distress and chapter 9 bankruptcy, be sure to pick up a copy of ABI's Municipalities in Peril: The ABI Guide to Chapter 9, Second Edition, from the ABI Bookstore.

LEGISLATION REINTRODUCED TO STOP EMINENT DOMAIN PROPOSALS AIMED AT UNDERWATER HOMEOWNERS

Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) reintroduced "The Defending American Taxpayers from Abusive Government Takings Act" today to stop city and county governments from enacting eminent domain policies aimed at underwater homeowners, according to a press release today from Campbell's office. Despite the failure of Mortgage Resolution Partners LLC (MRP) to receive approval for their eminent domain proposal by San Bernardino County, Calif., and Chicago last year, local governments and cities around the country are entertaining similar proposals. Cities in California and Nevada continue to consider MRP's proposal for local governments to seize mortgages from bond trusts to cut balances and help homeowners. MRP recently sent letters to securities trustees and loan servicers asking them to verify their roles in specific deals and provide information about individual mortgages that could be purchased. MRP must try to negotiate to buy the loans before municipalities can use powers known as eminent domain to force the sales, and then they would then lower the principal owed. The moves signal a renewed battle over the initiative, which has drawn opposition from bondholders such as Pacific Investment Management Co. and DoubleLine Capital LP and at least 18 trade groups representing the finance industry, homebuilders and real-estate firms. Rep. Campbell introduced the same measure last year in response to the MRP proposal. "Using eminent domain to seize mortgages is not only legally questionable," said Campbell, "it represents a complete abrogation of private property rights. The federal government and the American taxpayer would be forced to bear all the risk in the event of a failure." To read Rep. Campbell's press release on the legislation, please click here.

To read the Bloomberg News analysis, please click here.

SENATORS REACH DEAL ON STUDENT LOANS, PREPARE FOR VOTE

Under pressure from the White House, senators are quickly moving forward with a plan to change how the government sets federal student loan interest rates, tying them to market rates but imposing caps on how high those rates can go, the Associated Press reported today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today that a vote could come this week. The deal was brokered by a bipartisan group of senators who have been negotiating for weeks, with the help of Department of Education staffers who have been camped out in their offices. Under this new deal, finalized today, undergraduates would all pay the same interest rate, a change from recent years when some low- and middle-income students received a lower rate. Graduate students and parents of students would have their own rates, which would be higher than those for undergraduates and have higher caps. The plan is expected to save the government $715 million over a decade, according to aides. For the coming school year, undergraduates would see rates of 3.86 percent. That's lower than the current fixed rate of 6.8 percent, but the new rate could go as high as 8.25 percent in future years. Graduate students would pay about 5.41 percent for the coming year and up to 9.5 percent in the future. Loans taken out by parents for their dependent children would have an interest rate around of 6.41 percent that could go as high as 10.5 percent. Right now, graduate students have interest rates of 6.8 and 7.9 percent, while parents pay 7.9 percent. Read more.

ANALYSIS: REGULATORY RIFT DEVELOPS GLOBALLY OVER FINANCIAL SYSTEM

Global regulators are pursuing disparate approaches to protecting the financial system against future shocks, fracturing an agreement forged in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to adopt a coordinated response, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Policymakers, at odds over how to reduce risk in the financial system, are disagreeing over what the proper capital levels should be for banks, derivatives regulation, criminal prosecutions of bankers and even the appropriate forum for brokering agreements on financial-services issues. Countries such as the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland are demanding that banks build thicker capital cushions to absorb losses and bigger liquidity buffers than most other European countries are embracing. European and U.K. officials have shown a greater willingness than their U.S. counterparts to rein in bankers' pay and target bad behavior with criminal prosecutions. The U.K.'s banking supervisors have also urged some European and U.S. banks to restructure their U.K. operations and have pressured foreign branches of banks from many countries -- from crisis-hit countries like Cyprus to Switzerland and the U.S. -- to stockpile additional funds in their British arms. The different approaches have led to cross-border sniping, with its European Union officials threatening retaliation if the U.S. imposes its rules abroad. Britain's push has led it afoul of European counterparts, who criticize the country's aggressive approach as a violation of the bloc's "single market" rules. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said yesterday that global coordination shouldn't come at the expense of tough rules. Some executives say privately that the discord gives them a chance to delay or water down rules by pitting regulators in different countries against one another. Read more. (Subscription required.)

DID YOU MISS MONDAY'S abiLIVE WEBINAR DISCUSSING § 1111(b) ELECTION, PLAN FEASIBILITY AND CRAMDOWN ISSUES? RECORDING IS NOW AVAILABLE!

If you were not able to join Monday's well-attended abiLIVE webinar examining § 1111(b), a recording of the program is now available for downloading! Utilizing a case study, ABI's panel of experts explored the issues surrounding a lender's decision on whether or not to make an election under § 1111(b), plan feasibility and voting. The abiLIVE panel also walked attendees through the necessary mathematical analyses used to examine these issues. The 90-minute recording is available for the special price of $75 and can be purchased here.

NEW abiLIVE WEBINAR ON AUGUST 20: HOW WILL THE NEW U.S. TRUSTEE FEE GUIDELINES IMPACT YOU?

The new U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines will affect all attorneys and firms who work on larger chapter 11 cases filed on or after November 1st. ABI's Ethics & Professional Compensation Committee will present a panel of experts, including Cliff White, the director of the U.S. Trustee Program, to discuss some of the ways the new guidelines could change day-to-day operations in firms, issues relating to the new market rate benchmarks, and how these changes might alter insolvency practice. Register today to hear government, attorney and academic perspectives on this important and timely topic.

ABI GOLF TOUR UNDERWAY; NEXT STOP IS THE MID-ATLANTIC BANKRUPTCY WORKSHOP IN AUGUST

The next stop for the ABI Golf Tour is the Hershey Country Club, in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop. Final scoring to win the Great American Cup — sponsored by Great American Group — is based on your top three scores at seven scheduled ABI events, so play as many as you can before the tour wraps up at the Winter Leadership Conference in December. See the Tour page for details and course descriptions. The ABI Golf Tour combines networking with fun competition, as golfers "play their own ball." Including your handicap means everyone has an equal chance to compete for the glory of being crowned ABI's top golfer of 2013! There's no charge to register or participate in the Tour.

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NORTON JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

Nominations are now open for the 8th Annual Judge William L. Norton Judicial Excellence Award, to be presented during the ABI luncheon at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges on Nov. 1, 2013. The award is presented by ABI and Thomson Reuters each year to the current or retired bankruptcy judge whose career embodies the same continued dedication and outstanding contributions to the insolvency community as the award’s namesake, Judge Norton. Nominations are considered by a committee made up of representatives from the Norton treatise and past ABI presidents. Nomination forms are available from Clay Mattson at Thomson Reuters (clay.mattson@thomsonreuters.com) and should be submitted by July 29.

NEW ABI "BANKRUPTCY IN DEPTH" ON-DEMAND CLE PROGRAM LOOKS AT PRINCIPLES OF PROPERTY OF THE ESTATE: DEMYSTIFYING EQUITABLE INTERESTS

In this 90-minute seminar, Profs. Andrew Kull of Boston University School of Law and Scott Pryor of Regent University School of Law provide an in-depth analysis of a legal principle that has become, in their words, "a long-lost area of the law": § 541 of the Bankruptcy Code. Seeking to demystify what is meant by "property of the estate" and, in particular, the distinction between legal or equitable interests of the debtor in property, Kull and Pryor describe the legal entanglements that ensue when legal title belongs to one person but the equitable title belongs to someone else. The cost of the seminar, which includes written materials and qualifies for 1.5 hours of CLE, is $95. To order or to learn more, click here.

ASSOCIATES: ABI'S NUTS & BOLTS ONLINE PROGRAMS HELP YOU HONE YOUR SKILLS WHILE SAVING ON CLE!

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NEW CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: UNITED JOINT VENTURE LP V. NOBLE (IN RE JENNINGS; 11TH CIR.)

Summarized by Lyndel Anne Mason of Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham, PC

The Eleventh Circuit ruled that the chapter 7 trustee's decision to close the estate as a "no asset" estate and not sell or settle a state court's judgment in favor of the debtor was within his business judgment under § 544(a), and the district court deference to that decision was affirmed.

There are more than 900 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: BIG BANKS' WARNINGS ABOUT LEVERAGE RATIO FAIL THE SMELL TEST

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A new blog post finds that the new leverage ratio is a relatively modest proposal that can be easily addressed by affected banks without material capital raises or changes in distribution policy.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

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July Foreclosure Activity Down 32 Percent over Last Year

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | August 15, 2013
 
  

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JULY FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY DOWN 32 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR

RealtyTrac reported that foreclosure filings last month -- including default notices, auctions and bank repossessions -- increased 2 percent from their 78-month low in June but were still down 32 percent from a year ago, USA Today reported today. Foreclosure starts -- the beginning of the process -- were up 6 percent from June but 38 percent lower year over year. Overall, foreclosure activity in July touched almost 131,000 homes. That's down 64 percent from the peak of foreclosure activity in early 2010, but still 54 percent above the average monthly foreclosure activity before the 2006 housing bust. Read more.

U.S. HOUSEHOLD DEBT DECLINED SLIGHTLY DURING SECOND QUARTER

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported yesterday that U.S. household debt fell 0.7 percent during the second quarter as a drop in mortgage balances outpaced a rise in borrowing to finance cars and education, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Consumer indebtedness declined $78 billion to $11.15 trillion, according to a quarterly report on household debt and credit released today by the Fed district bank. Mortgage balances decreased $91 billion to $7.84 trillion, and home-equity lines of credit fell by $12 billion to $540 billion. Americans have slashed their debt from a peak of $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008, according to the New York Fed. Non-housing borrowing increased by 0.9 percent as car loan balances rose by $20 billion, and student loan and credit card borrowing each increased by $8 billion, the report said. Auto-loan debt has grown by $108 billion in the last nine quarters, according to the New York Fed. Read more.

ANALYSIS: STUDENT-LOAN LOAD KILLS STARTUP DREAMS

The rising mountain of student debt, recently closing in on $1.2 trillion, is forcing some entrepreneurs to abandon startup dreams and others to radically reshape their business plans, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The average student who borrows has piled up about $40,000 in debt by graduation, including parents' loans -- nearly double the levels of a decade ago, according to Edvisors.com, which runs college-planning and financial-aid websites. Recipients of graduate and professional degrees who borrow carry an average of more than $55,000 in debt at graduation, including undergraduate loans but not parent loans. That is up from $40,800 some 10 years ago. Some academic experts say that leftover loans are the biggest impediment to upstart entrepreneurship by those who recently received college or graduate degrees. At least one state has taken steps to alleviate the pressures. California this year enacted legislation that will reduce college costs for middle-class Californians who attend its public universities. Similarly, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA), a quasigovernmental nonprofit group, is looking at whether it is feasible to temporarily forbear or reduce payments for recent graduates who start a businesses or go to work for a new venture. The aim is to give recent graduates "the opportunity to try working for a startup or creating a startup instead of having to run off to Arizona and start working for Intel," says Charles P. Kelley, RISLA executive director. Read more. (Subscription required.)

STATES RECEPTIVE TO PROPOSALS AIMED AT BREAKING UP BIG BANKS

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) effort to break up Wall Street banks through proposals to resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act may not have a lot of support in Congress, but it has a sympathetic audience in state capitals across the country, Politico reported yesterday. Lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced resolutions this year calling on Congress to split up banking giants by putting back in place a wall between commercial banking, taking deposits and making loans, and investment banking, the world of traders and deal-makers. "We on the state level have been looking for an Elizabeth Warren -- someone to carry this banner for us," said Illinois state Rep. Mary Flowers, a Democrat who is the lead sponsor on a resolution introduced in May that urges Congress to reinstate Glass-Steagall, which was repealed in 1999. Read more.

abiLIVE WEBINAR NEXT TUESDAY: HOW WILL THE NEW U.S. TRUSTEE FEE GUIDELINES IMPACT YOU?

The new U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines will affect all attorneys and firms who work on larger chapter 11 cases filed on or after Nov. 1. ABI's Ethics & Professional Compensation Committee will present a panel of experts, including Clifford J. White, the director of the U.S. Trustee Program, to discuss some of the ways the new guidelines could change day-to-day operations in firms, issues relating to the new market rate benchmarks, and how these changes might alter insolvency practice. Register today to hear government, attorney and academic perspectives speak on this important and timely topic.

ABI GOLF TOUR UNDERWAY; NEXT STOP IS THE SOUTHWEST BANKRUPTCY CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK

The 6th stop for the ABI Golf Tour is on Aug. 22 at the Incline Village Champion course, held in conjunction with ABI's Southwest Bankruptcy Conference. Final scoring to win the Great American Cup — sponsored by Great American Group — is based on your top three scores at seven scheduled ABI events, so play as many as you can before the tour wraps up at the Winter Leadership Conference in December. See the Tour page for details and course descriptions. The ABI Golf Tour combines networking with fun competition, as golfers "play their own ball." Including your handicap means everyone has an equal chance to compete for the glory of being crowned ABI's top golfer of 2013! A 22-handicapper won the tour event at July's Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop. There's no charge to register or participate in the Tour.

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NEW CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: WILLIAM EDWIN LINDSEY V. PINNACLE NATIONAL BANK, ET AL. (IN RE LINDSEY; 6TH CIR.)

Summarized by Dean Langdon of DelCotto Law Group PLLC

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction, holding that the district court's affirmation of the bankruptcy court order declining to confirm a proposed chapter 11 plan was not a final order under 11 U.S.C. § 158(d)(1), and no party had sought certification under § 158 (d)(2). The Court joined the Second, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits in holding that an order denying confirmation was not a final order under § 158(d)(1), and it rejected contrary decisions from the Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuits.

There are nearly 1,000 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: EFFECT OF THE DOJ'S LAWSUIT IN AMR'S BANKRUPTCY

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent blog post examines the effect that DOJ's anti-merger lawsuit will have on AMR's attempts to emerge from bankruptcy.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

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A class of claims should not be considered impaired for purposes of § 1129(a)(10) if the impairment results from the plan proponents' exercise of discretion (i.e., artificial impairment) and not driven by economic need. (In re Village at Camp Bowie I LP).

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- Bankruptcy 2013: Views from the Bench
    Sept. 27, 2013 | Washington, D.C.

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    Oct. 4, 2013 | Kansas City, Mo.
- Professional Development Program
    Oct. 11, 2013 | New York, N.Y.


  


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   Nov. 7, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pa.
- Corporate Restructuring Competition
   Nov. 7-8, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pa.
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   Nov. 10-12, 2013 | Austin, Texas
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Changes in Mortgage Servicing Practices Take Effect Today

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | September 27, 2012
 
  

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CHANGES IN MORTGAGE SERVICING PRACTICES TAKE EFFECT TODAY

A significant element of the government’s historic settlement with big banks over foreclosure abuses takes effect today, when firms face a deadline for carrying out more than 300 changes in the way they service mortgages and treat struggling homeowners, the Washington Post reported today. Much of the attention surrounding this year’s $25 billion government settlement has focused on the banks' agreement to reduce the loan balances of some borrowers and undertake more refinancings for thousands of Americans. Although the new standards have not received as much attention, they are crucial for fixing a broken mortgage system, government officials said. The standards forbid the pervasive practice of "robo-signing," and mortgage servicers can no longer foreclose on a borrower while simultaneously negotiating a loan modification, a practice known as "dual tracking." They must provide customers with a single point of contact, rather than shuffling them around to different employees with each call. Read more.

U.S. CREDIT CARD LENDERS SHUN ADD-ONS AS CFPB CRACKS DOWN

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and American Express Co. are among credit card lenders retreating from a $2.4 billion market as regulators seek curbs on deceptive marketing of products including debt cancellation, Bloomberg News reported today. Scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has led to fines against banks including Capital One Financial Corp. and Discover Financial Services, prompting them to curtail sales of so-called add-ons that offer to help customers pay credit card bills if they get sick or lose their jobs, or help monitor their credit. American Express, the biggest U.S. credit-card issuer by purchases, said yesterday that it will pay $112.5 million to settle claims that it violated consumer safeguards from marketing to collections in products sold to about 250,000 customers. That case did not involve add-on products. The crackdown is CFPB Director Richard Cordray's first enforcement campaign after the Dodd-Frank Act consolidated regulation of retail financial products under one federal agency. With U.S. banks already complaining that regulation has squeezed revenue, the bureau is considering new limits on payday lending and fees for checking overdrafts, and has proposed an overhaul of mortgage practices. Read more.

COMMENTARY: MONEY MARKET MUTUAL FUNDS AND MORAL HAZARD

The wrangling over money-market mutual funds is a vivid illustration of some of the hidden costs of bailouts — in this case, the government rescue of the $2.6 trillion money-market mutual fund industry in 2008 that was so successful it took away any sense of urgency for major reform, according to a commentary in Friday’s Washington Post. Last month, SEC Chair Mary Schapiro canceled plans to move forward on a reform proposal for regulating the mutual fund industry after concluding she did not have the votes for passage of the proposal. SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar had indicated he would oppose her proposal, favoring a more overarching approach to overseeing the cash-management industry. To step up pressure on the SEC, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), created by the Dodd-Frank Act, advocated for regulators to step up oversight of money-market mutual funds. Read the full commentary.

CALIFORNIA DAIRIES GOING BROKE DUE TO FEED, MILK PRICES

Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months, and many teeter on the edge of insolvency, the Associated Press reported on Saturday. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business. Experts say California dairymen face a double hit to their operations: exorbitant feed costs and lower milk prices. The Midwest drought has led to corn and soybean costs increasing by more than 50 percent this summer, stressing dairymen from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Missouri. But in California, milk prices have also lagged behind those in the rest of the nation, exacerbating the crisis. And while milk revenues in California have soared to over $7.5 billion in 2011, making milk the top agricultural commodity, higher revenues mean little, farmers say, because it costs so much more to produce the milk. Read more.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR STEVEN GOLICK, A COLLEAGUE AND ABI LEADER

Our friend Steven Golick (Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto) is facing a medical crisis. He has been diagnosed with a serious brain tumor, requiring complex surgery and treatment. Steven’s spirits are very strong and he and his family remain optimistic, but he can use our support. A prominent international restructuring attorney and an ABI member since 1994, Steven is also a founding member of the ABI house band, the Indubitable Equivalents. Because the band is important to Steven, his fellow band-mates have organized a new Blog site for Steven's friends and colleagues to show their love and support at this critical time. Please click on this link to share your thoughts with many others, and post as often as you'd like.

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MEMBERS WILL NOT WANT TO MISS ABI'S PROGRAM AT NCBJ'S ANNUAL MEETING ON OCT. 26

Members planning to attend the 86th Annual NCBJ Annual Conference in San Diego from Oct. 24-27 will not want to miss the exciting line-up scheduled for the ABI program track on Oct. 26. In addition to roundtable discussions on the hottest consumer and business bankruptcy topics, ABI will be hosting a ticketed luncheon that will feature the presentation of the 7th Annual Judge William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award and entertainment by Apollo Robbins, a sleight-of hand artist, security consultant and self-described gentleman thief. Click here to register for the Conference.

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LATEST CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: MATOS V. RIVERA (IN RE MATOS; 1ST CIR.)

Summarized by Guy Moss of Riemer & Braunstein LLP

As a threshold matter, the First Circuit BAP ruled that all tax refunds received by a chapter 13 debtor are property of the estate whether pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 541(a) to the extent that they are rooted in pre-petition earnings, or 1306 to the extent that they relate to earnings from services performed by the debtor post-petition. Reversing the rulings of the bankruptcy court, the BAP next determined that an objection to the debtor's claimed exemption in the refund (defined below) did not lie because (1) the refund was property of the estate, (2) the exemption was valid on its face, and (3) the trial court incorrectly considered an alleged infirmity in plan confirmation, i.e., whether the refunds had to be devoted entirely to a plan pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §§ 1322(a)(1) and 1325(b)(1)(B), to determine the validity of an exemption. Rather, consideration of that issue arises only if and when there is an objection to the plan. The BAP reserved comment on whether such an objection to an exemption is a necessary "placeholder" to preserve the objecting party's ability to object to plan confirmation on the ground that not all future earnings and income are being devoted to plan payments.

There are more than 650 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: PILGRIM'S PRIDE OPINION ALLOWS ENHANCEMENTS IN BANKRUPTCY, OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF BANKRUPTCY FEES

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent blog post examines the Fifth Circuit's ruling in Matter of Pilgrim's Pride Corp., No. 11-10774 (5th Cir. 8/10/12), to allow a $1 million fee enhancement to a chief restructuring officer who achieved results described as "rare and exceptional." The court rejected the argument that a recent Supreme Court opinion on fee-shifting precluded enhancements, and in the process set forth a comprehensive framework for allowance of professional fees in bankruptcy.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

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Bankruptcy courts should adopt formal loss mitigation procedures to facilitate the negotiation of residential mortgage modifications for consumer debtors.

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- Kansas City Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute
     February 17-19, 2013 | Kansas City, Mo.


 
 
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Supreme Court Grants Cert in Ninth Circuit Case on Jurisdiction by Consent

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | June 25 2013
 
  

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SUPREME COURT GRANTS CERT IN NINTH CIRCUIT CASE ON JURISDICTION BY CONSENT

The Supreme Court yesterday granted certiorari in Executive Benefits Ins. Agency v. Arkison (In re Bellingham Insurance Agency) about the scope of the bankruptcy court's powers in the wake of the Court's ruling in Stern v. Marshall. In a Ninth Circuit case that drew attention after Stern was decided, a fraudulent transfer defendant argued the bankruptcy court lacked jurisdiction to enter judgment against it. The Ninth Circuit agreed that the bankruptcy court could not enter a final judgment in a fraudulent transfer action but held that the defendant had consented to the bankruptcy court's jurisdiction through its litigation conduct. The Supreme Court will decide whether parties can consent to bankruptcy court jurisdiction. They will also have to rule on a statutory issue about a gap Stern created in the jurisdictional framework. A potential outcome is that bankruptcy courts will lose the power to hear any fraudulent transfer actions. To read the petition for a writ of certiorari, please click here.

LATE AUTO LOAN PAYMENTS EDGED HIGHER IN 1Q 2013

Banks are increasingly extending auto loan financing to borrowers with less-than-sterling credit, a trend that's contributing to a higher rate of missed loan payments, the Associated Press reported today. The rate of U.S. auto-loan payments late by 60 days or more rose to 0.88 percent in the first three months of the year, credit reporting agency TransUnion said today. That's up from 0.82 percent in the first quarter last year, but down from 1 percent in the last three months of 2012, the firm said. Among subprime borrowers, or those whom lenders deem to be higher credit risks because of their track record of managing debt, the delinquency rate jumped to 5.5 percent in the first quarter from 5.09 percent a year earlier. Read more.

ANALYSIS: HIGH-END HOME LOANS STAGE A COMEBACK

Despite a recent sharp rise in mortgage rates, "jumbo" loans are becoming easier to get, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis on Saturday. Lenders originated $54 billion in such mortgages in the first quarter of 2013, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, an industry newsletter, up from $47 billion during the same period a year earlier. Higher loan volume isn't the only sign of a turnaround. The difference in the rate for a government-backed "conforming" mortgage and a jumbo loan is the narrowest it has been since 2007. Many jumbo lenders also have increased the amount of a home's value they will finance, and some are becoming more flexible in evaluating borrowers with strong credit. Read more. (Subscription required.)

COMMENTARY: HOW SAM ZELL IS SINKING TRIBUNE A SECOND TIME AROUND

Sam Zell is gone from the Tribune Co., but his toxic financial legacy lives on, according to a commentary in Friday's Washington Post. Not only did his debt-fueled purchase of one of the nation’s biggest media companies help precipitate its bankruptcy, costing creditors billions of dollars and wiping out thousands of jobs, but he also left a nasty tax mess behind for Tribune, which exited chapter 11 proceedings on Dec. 31. The Internal Revenue Service has challenged the tax-avoiding way that Zell had Tribune unload Newsday, a Long Island, N.Y., newspaper, and it seems almost certain to challenge the way that Tribune unloaded the Chicago Cubs. By the time the final papers are shuffled, the IRS and local tax authorities will likely seek considerably more than half a billion dollars in taxes, penalties and interest from Tribune from the sales of the Cubs and Newsday. Read more.

LATEST ABI PODCAST EXAMINES SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON THE MEANING OF “DEFALCATION”

ABI's latest podcast features ABI Resident Scholar Scott Pryor speaking with Prof. Keith Sharfman of St. John's University School of Law and attorney Tom Byrne of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (Atlanta) on the issues surrounding the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A. In its decision on May 13, the Court held that a defalcation by a trustee requires a finding of gross negligence or some knowledge that what he or she is doing is improper. Byrne was the counsel of record for Randy Bullock, and Scharfman joined fellow professors on an amici curiae brief in support of BankChampaign. Click here to listen to the podcast.

NEW ABI LIVE WEBINAR ON JULY 15 WILL FOCUS ON THE § 1111(b) ELECTION, PLAN FEASIBILITY AND CRAMDOWN ISSUES

Utilizing a case study, ABI's panel of experts will explore issues surrounding a lender’s decision on whether or not to make an election under § 1111(b), plan feasibility and voting. The abiLIVE panel will also walk attendees through the necessary mathematical analyses used to analyze these issues. The webinar will take place on July 15 from 1-2:15 p.m. ET. Special ABI member rate available! Click here to register.

ABI GOLF TOUR UNDERWAY; NEXT STOP IS THE NORTHEAST BANKRUPTCY CONFERENCE ON JULY 12

The next stop for the ABI Golf Tour is the famed Newport National course in Newport, R.I., in conjunction with the Northeast Bankruptcy Conference on July 12. Final scoring to win the Great American Cup—sponsored by Great American Group—is based on your top three scores at seven scheduled ABI events, so play as many as you can before the tour wraps up at the Winter Leadership Conference in December. See the Tour page for details and course descriptions. The ABI Golf Tour combines networking with fun competition, as golfers "play their own ball." Including your handicap means everyone has an equal chance to compete for the glory of being crowned ABI's top golfer of 2013! There's no charge to register or participate in the Tour.

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NEW ABI "BANKRUPTCY IN DEPTH" ON-DEMAND CLE PROGRAM LOOKS AT PRINCIPLES OF PROPERTY OF THE ESTATE: DEMYSTIFYING EQUITABLE INTERESTS

In this 90-minute seminar, Profs. Andrew Kull of Boston University School of Law and Scott Pryor of Regent University School of Law provide an in-depth analysis of a legal principle that has become, in their words, "a long-lost area of the law": § 541 of the Bankruptcy Code. Seeking to demystify what is meant by "property of the estate" and, in particular, the distinction between legal or equitable interests of the debtor in property, Kull and Pryor describe the legal entanglements that ensue when legal title belongs to one person but the equitable title belongs to someone else. The cost of the seminar, which includes written materials and qualifies for 1.5 hours of CLE, is $95. To order or to learn more, click here.

ASSOCIATES: ABI'S NUTS & BOLTS ONLINE PROGRAMS HELP YOU HONE YOUR SKILLS WHILE SAVING ON CLE!

Associates looking to sharpen their bankruptcy knowledge should take advantage of ABI's special offer of combining general, business or consumer Nuts & Bolts online programs. Each program features an outstanding faculty of judges and practitioners explaining the fundamentals of bankruptcy, offering procedures and strategies tailored for both consumer and business attorneys. Click here to get the CLE you need at a great low price!

NEW CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: SUAREZ V. BARRET (IN RE SUAREZ; 9TH CIR.)

Summarized by James Portman Webster of the James Portman Webster Law Office PLC

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and bankruptcy court's ruling that a state court contempt ruling can be used as evidence that a debt results from a willful and malicious injury and is, therefore, nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6).

There are more than 900 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: FURTHER ANALYSIS OF IN RE BELLINGHAM INSURANCE AGENCY

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent blog post takes a closer look at the questions raised by the Supreme Court yesterday when it granted certiorari in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (In re Bellingham Insurance Agency).

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

ABI Quick Poll

Law firms should provide support for law student-staffed bankruptcy clinics for consumer debtors.

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     July 18-21, 2013 | Amelia Island, Fla.

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    August 8-10, 2013 | Hershey, Pa.
- Southwest Bankruptcy Conference
    August 22-24, 2013 | Incline Village, Nev.

September
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- ABI Endowment Baseball Game
    Sept. 12, 2013 | Baltimore, Md.
- Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization
    Sept. 18-19, 2013 | New York
- Bankruptcy 2013: Views from the Bench
    Sept. 27, 2013 | Washington, D.C.


  


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- Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute Program and Midwestern Consumer Forum
    Oct. 4, 2013 | Kansas City, Mo.
- ABI Endowment Football Game
    Oct. 6, 2013 | Miami, Fla.
- Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
    Oct. 14, 2013 | Chicago, Ill.

November
- Austin Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute
   Nov. 10-12, 2013 | Austin, Texas
- Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
   Nov. 11, 2013 | Detroit, Mich.

December
- ABI/St. John’s Bankruptcy Mediation Training
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State Bankruptcy Debate Returns

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | November 6 2012
 
  

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STATE BANKRUPTCY DEBATE RETURNS

Nearly two years after a "fierce" debate that "fizzled as quickly as it started," University of Pennsylvania law professor David Skeel is arguing that the idea of giving states a way to file for bankruptcy remains relevant and necessary, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. In addition to corporations and consumers, the Bankruptcy Code allows municipalities to seek chapter 9 protection. But there is currently no chapter set aside for states that find themselves teetering on the brink of insolvency, nor have states needed one. Yet with major budget deficits, underfunded pensions and declining tax revenues, some say that states should have a legal framework within which to restructure. Skeel advocated the idea of state bankruptcy in The Weekly Standard, as well as in the pages of the Wall Street Journal between November 2010 and January 2011, and the view picked up steam once Newt Gingrich and Jeb Bush added their voices. "Creditors of states have a great deal [of difficulty] collecting from the state," Skeel said recently in resurrecting the idea of state bankruptcy. "It's really hard to get a state to pay you because of sovereign immunity." Read more. (Subscription required.)

REGULATOR FACES ANOTHER LAWSUIT OVER DODD-FRANK

The Obama administration's new rules for Wall Street suffered another setback this week as the financial industry leveled a lawsuit challenging a crucial piece of the regulatory overhaul, the New York Times DealBook blog reported on Friday. The CME Group, a giant Chicago exchange, sued its regulator last Thursday over a new rule that aims to shed light on the murky derivatives trading industry. The regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, drafted the rule in January under guidance from the Dodd-Frank Act. The case is part of the financial industry's broader legal assault on Dodd-Frank. As regulators hash out the final details of some 400 rules, Wall Street has shifted the fight from backroom lobbying to the courtroom. The trading commission has already been sued twice over Dodd-Frank rules, and Wall Street plans to turn up the heat on the Obama administration next year with a bevy of other legal challenges. Read more.

ANALYSIS: CHILD'S EDUCATION, PARENTS' CRUSHING LOANS

There are record numbers of student borrowers in financial distress, but millions of parents who have taken out loans to pay for their children's college education make up a less-visible generation in debt, the New York Times reported yesterday. For the most part, these parents did well enough through midlife to take on sizable loans, but some have since fallen on tough times because of the recession, health problems, job loss or lives that took a sudden hard turn. In the first three months of this year, the number of student loan borrowers aged 60 and older was 2.2 million, a figure that has tripled since 2005. That makes them the fastest-growing age group for college debt. All told, those borrowers owe $43 billion, up from $8 billion seven years ago, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Read more.

TWO MILLION COULD LOSE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS UNLESS CONGRESS EXTENDS PROGRAM

More than 2 million Americans stand to lose their jobless benefits unless Congress reauthorizes federal emergency unemployment help before the end of the year, the Washington Post reported today. The people in danger of having their unemployment checks cut off are among those who have benefited least from the slowly improving job market: Americans who have been out of work longer than six months. These workers have exhausted their state unemployment insurance, leaving them reliant on the federal program. In addition to those at risk of abruptly losing their benefits in December, 1 million people would have their checks curtailed by April if the program is not renewed, according to lawmakers and advocates pushing for an extension. Read more.

ANALYSIS: DEEP DISCOUNTS ON FORECLOSED HOMES DISAPPEARING

A market analysis by Zillow found that the average national discount on a foreclosure in September has fallen to only about 8 percent below market value, the Washington Post reported today. That is a significant change from the 24 percent average markdown reported in 2009 during the depths of the housing bust, and another signal that the country's housing market is inching toward recovery. "There’s no such thing as a fire sale on a foreclosure right now," said Marc Joseph, a real estate agent in Fort Myers, Fla. "We’re getting back to that point where if something good hits the markets, we’re getting multiple offers again." According to Zillow, the deepest discounts can be found on foreclosures in the Pittsburgh area, at 27 percent. Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore have average markdowns on foreclosures topping 20 percent. But in many hard-hit markets, particularly ones where home prices fell sharply and investors and buyers have swooped in to buy up foreclosures, discounts have all but vanished. Zillow found that in Las Vegas and Phoenix, there is "no discernible difference" between foreclosure and non-foreclosure sales. Read more.

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING ON CHAPTER 11 REFORM AT ABI'S WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

ABI's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 will hold a public hearing on Friday, Nov. 30, at 11:15 a.m. (MT) during the Winter Leadership Conference in Tucson, Ariz., at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. Members are welcome to provide testimony on their suggestions for ways to improve the operation of chapter 11. The hearing is the fifth in a series of public field hearings. Statements and video from all the recent hearings can be found at the Commission website at http://commission.abi.org.

Interested members should contact Sam Gerdano at sgerdano@abiworld.org for more details about in-person testimony. Those interested may also file written statements of any length for consideration by the Commission. All materials will be part of the Commission's record to be transmitted to Congress following the two-year investigation and report. Please consider this great opportunity to become part of the legal reform of the Bankruptcy Code.

The next public hearing will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at the CFA Annual Convention in Phoenix. For future Commission hearings, please click here: http://commission.abi.org/.

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LATEST CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: OVERSTREET V. JOINT FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, LLC (IN RE CRESCENT RESOURCE LLC; 5TH CIR.)

Summarized by Eric Lockridge of Kean Miller LLP

The Fifth Circuit ruled that an untimely Rule 59(e) motion to alter or amend a district court's judgment affirming a bankruptcy court's dismissal order does not extend the 30-day deadline to file a notice of appeal of the district court's judgment.

There are nearly 700 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: DEWEY LEBOEUF AVOIDS LITIGATION MORASS OF MOST LAW FIRM BANKRUPTCY CASES

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent post examines how the settlement in the Dewey LeBoeuf case has helped the firm avoid the failures that typically produce lengthy and litigious bankruptcy cases. For more on issues related to large firm bankruptcies, listen to a recent ABI podcast here.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

ABI Quick Poll

Despite the "free and clear" language of Sect. 363(f), purchasers of assets in 363 sales may still be liable for injuries to unidentifiable future claimants. (In re Grumman Olson Indus, S.D.N.Y.).

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     January 24-25, 2013 | Denver, Colo.


  

 

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     February 7-9, 2013 | Miami, Fla.
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Analysis Better Lending Standards Helping to Reduce Foreclosure Starts

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | February 19 2013
 
  

February 19, 2013

 
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ANALYSIS: BETTER LENDING STANDARDS HELPING TO REDUCE FORECLOSURE STARTS

While numerous foreclosure prevention efforts at the national, state and local levels, along with rising home values, have helped drop U.S. foreclosure starts to a six-year low in January, the fundamental factor driving the reduction is better lending practices, according to a Forbes.com commentary yesterday. More than 5 percent of still-active loans originated in 2006 were in some stage of foreclosure as of the fourth quarter of 2012 -- the highest foreclosure rate of any year going back to 2000. That was followed by 2007 vintage loans with a 4.75 percent foreclosure rate, 2005 vintage loans with a 3.52 percent foreclosure rate, and 2008 vintage loans with a 2.95 percent foreclosure rate. The only other loan vintage with a foreclosure rate above 2 percent was 2004, with a 2.16 percent foreclosure rate. The foreclosure rate on 2009 vintage loans dropped to 1.11 percent, and the foreclosure rate has steadily decreased on loans originated in the three years since -- all of which have foreclosure rates below 1 percent. Read more.

COMMENTARY: THE SECOND-MORTGAGE SHELL GAME

Though the federal government and 49 state attorneys general reached a $25 billion deal last February with the country's five largest mortgage servicers (Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Financial), it is now clear that the settlement has not worked as planned, according to a commentary in yesterday's New York Times. Banks have dragged their feet on modifying first mortgages, much less agreeing to forgive part of the principal on homes that are underwater. A lesser-known but equally grave problem is that banks have been given a backdoor mechanism to continue foreclosures at the same pace as before. The problem involves second mortgages, which millions of homeowners took out during the housing bubble. It is estimated that as much as a quarter of all mortgage debt in the U.S. is in the form of second mortgages. Some of these loans were taken out to finance home improvements, others were part of a subprime product known as an "80/20 mortgage," in which 80 percent of the purchase price was covered by a first, adjustable-rate mortgage, and the remainder by a second mortgage, often with a much higher interest rate. The second mortgages have given the banks a loophole: each dollar a bank forgives goes toward fulfilling its obligation under last year’s settlement. But many lenders have made it a point to almost exclusively modify secondary loans while all but ignoring the troubled, primary mortgages, according to the commentary. Read the full commentary.

SHIFTING STRATEGY, PROSECUTORS BUILD NEW CASES AGAINST BIG BANKS

Criticized for letting Wall Street off the hook after the financial crisis, the Justice Department is building a new model for prosecuting big banks, the New York Times DealBook Blog reported today. In a recent round of actions that shook the financial industry, the government pushed for guilty pleas, rather than just the usual fines and reforms. Prosecutors now aim to apply the approach broadly to financial fraud cases, according to officials involved in the investigations. So far, the Justice Department has extracted guilty pleas only from remote subsidiaries of big foreign banks, a move that has inflicted reputational damage but little else. The new strategy first materialized in recent settlements with UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland, which were accused of manipulating interest rates to bolster profit. As part of a broader deal, the banks' Japanese subsidiaries pleaded guilty to felony wire fraud. Read more.

ANALYSIS: FISCAL TROUBLE AHEAD FOR MOST FUTURE RETIREES

For the first time since the 1930s, a majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be financially worse off than their parents, jeopardizing a long era of improved living standards for the nation’s elderly, the Washington Post reported yesterday. The Great Recession and the weak recovery darkened the retirement picture for significant numbers of Americans. The economic downturn exacerbated long-term factors that were already eroding the financial standing of aging Americans: an inexorable rise in health care costs, growing debt among older Americans and a shift in responsibility from employers to workers to plan for retirement. The consequence is that the nation is facing a huge retirement savings deficit -- as much as $6.6 trillion, or about $57,000 per household, according to a U.S. Senate report. Using data on household finances collected by the Federal Reserve, the Center for Retirement Research estimates that 53 percent of American workers 30 and older are on a path that will leave them unprepared for retirement. That marks a sharp deterioration since 2001, when 38 percent of Americans were at risk of declining living standards in old age. In 1989, 30 percent faced that risk. Read more.

REGULATOR PROBES "DARK POOL" INVESTING

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in late 2012 sent examination letters to about 15 dark-pool operators seeking information such as how the trading systems handle customer orders, what they disclose to clients and whether affiliates of the pool operators have access to client trading information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. In dark-pool investing, investors post buy-and-sell orders away from the public market. Most of the letters have been returned, and the regulator is evaluating the responses, said John Malitzis, executive vice president of market regulation at FINRA. Unlike stock exchanges, which are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the trading venues in dark pools are not required to regularly tell market regulators details about how they handle orders. Dark pools have become controversial as their share of stock trading has increased. One area of concern is whether certain dark-pool clients get more information than other investors about how the venues operate, giving them an edge, said Malitzis. "We asked a lot of questions about disclosure," he said. "We're trying to get a sense of what firms are doing and how they're doing it." Read more. (Subscription required.)

LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE FOR THURSDAY'S CHAPTER 11 COMMISSION HEARING AT VALCON 2013

For those not able to attend the VALCON 2013 conference starting tomorrow in Las Vegas, there will be a live webstream of Thursday's Chapter 11 Commission field hearing looking at valuation issues. The hearing will take place from 2-4 p.m. PT (5-7 p.m. ET) and will be streamed live at http://commission.abi.org.

JUST ADDED FOR APRIL! ABI LIVE WEBINAR "STUDENT LOANS: BANKRUPTCY MAY NOT HAVE THE ANSWERS - BUT DOES CONGRESS?"

Do not miss the "Student Loans: Bankruptcy May Not Have the Answers - But Does Congress?" webinar presented by ABI's Consumer Bankruptcy Committee on April 10 from noon-1:15 ET. ABI's panel of experts will provide an overview of the student loan industry, examine the numbers behind and causes of student loan debt, and discuss federal loan programs as well as federal consolidation and forgiveness programs. Faculty on the webinar includes:

  • Prof. Daniel A. Austin of Northeastern University School of Law (Boston)

  • Edward "Ted" M. King of Frost Brown Todd LLC (Louisville, Ky.)

  • Craig Zimmerman of the Law Offices of Craig Zimmerman (Santa Ana, Calif.)

CLE credit will be available for the webinar. This webinar is sure to sell out; register now for the special ABI member rate of $75!

EXPLORE CURRENT ISSUES FOR FINANCIAL ADVISORS IN BANKRUPTCY CASES AND MORE AT ABI'S 31ST ANNUAL SPRING MEETING

The 2013 Annual Spring Meeting, to be held April 18-21, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., features a roster of the best national speakers, while the depth and scope of topics offer something for everyone. Specifically, four concurrent workshops will cover various “tracks,” including programs for attorneys in commercial cases, a track for restructuring professionals, a track of professional development programming and a track dealing solely with consumer issues. More than 16 hours of CLE/CPE is offered in some states, along with ethics credit totaling 3 hours, making the cost only about $50 per credit. In addition, committee sessions will drill down on other topics to provide you with the most practical and varied CLE/CPE experience ever. Sessions include:

• 17th Annual Great Debates
• Mediation: An Irrational Approach to a Rational Result
• Creditors’ Committees and the Role of Indenture Trustees and Related Issues
• The Individual Conundrum: Chapter 7, 11 or 13?
• The Power to Veto Bankruptcy Sales
• Real Estate Issues in Health Care Restructurings
• Law Firm Bankruptcies
• How to Be a Successful Expert
• The Ethical Compass: Multiple Ethical Schemes Applicable to Financial Advisors
• Chapter 9s, Nonprofits and Other Nontraditional Restructuring Processes
• And much more!

The Spring Meeting will also feature a field hearing of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, a report from the ABI Ethics Task Force, a luncheon panel discussion moderated by Bill Rochelle of Bloomberg News, and a Final Night Gala Dinner featuring a concert by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts!

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DON'T MISS THE 9TH ANNUAL WHARTON RESTRUCTURING AND DISTRESSED INVESTING CONFERENCE ON FEB. 22!

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business will be holding the 9th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference on Feb. 22 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia. The theme of this year's conference is “Health of Nations: Distress, Recovery or Revival?” It will offer a unique opportunity to hear from a distinguished gathering of keynote speakers and panelists in their discussion of the current economic climate and issues of debt, investing, and restructuring across the globe. To register, please click here.

NEW BANKRUPTCY PROFESSIONALS: DON'T MISS THE NUTS AND BOLTS PROGRAM AT ABI'S ANNUAL SPRING MEETING! SPECIAL PRICING IF YOU ARE AN ASM REGISTRANT!

An outstanding faculty of judges and practitioners explains the fundamentals of bankruptcy in a one-day Nuts and Bolts program on April 18 being held in conjunction with ABI's Annual Spring Meeting. Ideal training for junior professionals or those new to this practice area!

The morning session covers concepts all bankruptcy practitioners need to know, and the afternoon session splits into concurrent tracks, focusing on consumer and business issues. The session will include written materials, practice tip sessions with bankruptcy judges, continental breakfast and a reception after the program. Click here to register!

LATEST CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: BLACK V. BONNIE SPRINGS FAMILY LTD. PARTNERSHIP (IN RE BLACK; 9TH CIR.)

Summarized by Tom Phinney of Parkinson Phinney

The Ninth Circuit BAP affirmed the summary judgment in favor of the creditor, which excepted debts from discharge under § 523(a)(6) based on the preclusive effect of a Nevada state court judgment for abuse of process, nuisance and "oppression."

There are more than 750 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: S CORPORATION MAY NOT PAY SHAREHOLDERS' POST-PETITION TAX OBLIGATIONS

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. Finding that it would violate the absolute priority rule, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina in In re Carolina Internet Ltd. held that an insolvent S corporation may not pay post-petition taxes on behalf of its shareholders because a corporation’s creditors have priority over its shareholders, according to a recent blog post.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

ABI Quick Poll

As a result of the RadLAX decision, the right to credit-bid will likely chill bidding at auctions, as potential purchasers may be dissuaded from participating in the bidding process.

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March 22, 2013
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April 18, 2013
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2013

February
- VALCON 2013
     February 20-22, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nev.
- 9th Annual Wharton
Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference

     February 22, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pa.

March
- 37th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
     March 7-9, 2013 | St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Bankruptcy Battleground West
     March 22, 2013 | Los Angeles, Calif.

April
- ABI Live Webinar: "Student Loans: Bankruptcy May Not Have the Answers - But Does Congress?"
     April 10, 2013
- "Nuts and Bolts" Program at ASM
     April 18, 2013 | National Harbor, Md.
- Annual Spring Meeting
     April 18-21, 2013 | National Harbor, Md.


  

 

May
- "Nuts and Bolts" Program at NYCBC
     May 15, 2013 | New York, N.Y.
- ABI Endowment Cocktail Reception
     May 15, 2013 | New York, N.Y.
- New York City Bankruptcy Conference
     May 16, 2013 | New York, N.Y.
- Litigation Skills Symposium
     May 21-24, 2013 | Dallas, Texas

June
- Memphis Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
     June 7, 2013 | Memphis, Tenn.
- Central States Bankruptcy Workshop
     June 13-16, 2013 | Grand Traverse, Mich.


 
 
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REPORT: U.S. FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY FELL IN JANUARY

RealtyTrac reported that foreclosure activity declined in January as the number of U.S. homes starting the process fell to its lowest level in more than six years, but the varying legal requirements in each state continued to influence regional markets, Reuters reported today. Foreclosure starts were filed on 64,773 homes, down 11 percent from December and down 28 percent from a year ago. It was the lowest level since June 2006. The drop in starts came as activity in California dried up after homeowner protection legislation enacted at the start of the year placed new requirements on all servicers in the state. Excluding the decline in California, foreclosure starts edged up less than 1 percent compared to December, said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. Overall foreclosure activity was seen on 150,864 properties last month, down 7 percent from December. Compared to a year ago, activity tumbled 28 percent. Read more.

REGULATOR EXPLAINS DECISION TO END FLAWED FORECLOSURE REVIEW

Thomas J. Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, shed light yesterday on his decision to scuttle an independent review of bank foreclosures, portraying the flawed process as a boon to outside consultants and a barren maze for homeowners, the New York Times DealBook blog reported yesterday. The process began in 2011 when regulators accused banks and other loan servicers of shoddy foreclosure practices. Curry, who took over the comptroller's office several months after the review started, argued that homeowners languished without payment as the review suffered from delays. The independent consultants that banks hired to run the 14-month review, however, racked up some $2 billion in charges. "It just doesn't make sense for these servicers to continue funneling money to consultants that could be better used to help distressed borrowers who have lost their homes," Curry said. His speech comes amid a growing outcry from lawmakers and housing advocates, who have questioned the regulatory oversight of the foreclosure review. Critics say that regulators should never have trusted consultants to objectively evaluate banks from which they are paid huge sums. Read more.

HOUSING INDUSTRY HOPES OBAMA LINE WILL SOFTEN MORTGAGE RULE

U.S. realtors and mortgage bankers say that they hope President Barack Obama's call for streamlined mortgage rules in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday will help them convince regulators not to set a strict minimum down payment for home loans, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. At issue is the so-called Qualified Residential Mortgage rule, which six banking regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Federal Reserve, are aiming to complete this year. The regulators drew protests in 2011 when they released a preliminary draft requiring lenders to keep a stake in mortgages with down payments of less than 20 percent and those issued to borrowers spending more than 36 percent of their income on debt. Bankers and some consumer groups said that such a requirement would shut creditworthy borrowers out of the market. Industry participants and some lawmakers are now pressing for the regulators to align the QRM rule with another regulation with a similar name that is also aimed at preventing risky home lending: the Qualified Mortgage, or QM, rule. That guidance, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in January, offers legal safe harbor protections to banks that issue loans to borrowers spending no more than 43 percent of their income on debt. Read more.

AUDIT FINDS HUD'S OVERSIGHT OF HOUSING-CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM LAGGING

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is still struggling to adequately monitor its construction program for the poor more than a year after Congress demanded widespread improvements in oversight and accountability, the agency's Office of the Inspector General said in an audit this week, the Washington Post reported today. Auditors pointed out that HUD has strengthened controls over its HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which was established in 1992 and delivers between $1 billion and $2 billion in annual grants to states and local jurisdictions to build, buy or renovate affordable housing. But the audit found that the agency could not demonstrate the effectiveness of field office monitoring efforts and "may have lost opportunities to obtain early warnings of potentially serious problems." HUD countered that its monitoring is effective and that the agency "continually strives to manage its programs as effectively and efficiently as possible." Read more.

COMMENTARY: NEW YORK BUDGET DOES LITTLE TO ADDRESS COMING MUNICIPAL DISTRESS

While the specter of financial collapse looms over New York State's cities, the current budget being proposed for the state does not do enough to address its imminent municipal distress, according to a commentary by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner in the New York Times today. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed state budget, put forward last month, would not increase state aid to cities or do much to reform tax, pension or labor laws. Instead, it would let municipalities push payment of today's ballooning pension costs into the future, according to Miner. Labor costs are too high -- not because of salaries, but because of the rising costs of pensions and health care. City leaders and labor unions jointly negotiated these past arrangements but have not cooperated to keep them in check, according to Miner. Most public-sector unions in the state cannot legally strike; instead, unresolved labor disputes go to binding arbitration, which often leads to judgments that the cities cannot afford. Also, revenue in cities like Syracuse has plummeted, and not just because of the Great Recession. Municipal aid and school aid have been cut or have stagnated in recent years. Miner says that billions of dollars' worth of corporate tax breaks have been given away in the name of "economic development." Additionally, she finds that the model of using property taxes to finance schools, police, fire, sanitation and other services is no longer sustainable. (New York City, which has relatively low property taxes but levies a city income tax, is an exception.) For decades, once-large industrial employers like Eastman Kodak in Rochester, the Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers and the Carrier Corporation (a maker of heating and air-conditioning equipment) in Syracuse have shed jobs and closed plants. Even when unemployment -- 8.2 percent in New York State in December, compared with 7.8 percent nationally -- falls, property tax revenue will not come back, Miner predicts. Click here to read the full commentary.

VIEW BLOOMBERG'S LATEST "BILL ON BANKRUPTCY" VIDEO: JUDGE RAKOFF REVERSES HIMSELF IN MADOFF CASE

When U.S. District Jed Rakoff recanted a ruling he made previously in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc., the reversal was important because it allows the Madoff trustee to knock out billions of dollars in claims, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle discuss on their new video. To view the video, please click here.

NEXT WEEK'S ABI LIVE WEBINAR: REVISITING RADLAX AND HALL - NEW LEGAL AND PRACTICAL IMPACT OF THE DECISIONS

See why this was the top-rated panel at the ABI Winter Leadership Conference last month! Join the expert panel on Feb. 19 from 12:00-1:15pm EST as they summarize and discuss the legal impact and practical implications of the Supreme Court’s 2012 decisions in Radlax and Hall. Participants include:

Susan M. Freeman of Lewis and Roca LLP (Phoenix)

Adam A. Lewis of Morrison & Foerster LLP (San Francisco)

• Prof. Charles J. Tabb of the University of Illinois College of Law (Champaign, Ill.)

Eric E. Walker of Perkins Coie LLP (Chicago)

Click here to register!

JUST ADDED FOR APRIL! ABI LIVE WEBINAR "STUDENT LOANS: BANKRUPTCY MAY NOT HAVE THE ANSWERS - BUT DOES CONGRESS?"

Do not miss the "Student Loans: Bankruptcy May Not Have the Answers - But Does Congress?" webinar presented by ABI's Consumer Bankruptcy Committee on April 10 from noon-1:15 ET. ABI's panel of experts will provide an overview of the student loan industry, examine the numbers behind and causes of student loan debt, and discuss federal loan programs as well as federal consolidation and forgiveness programs. Faculty on the webinar includes:

  • Prof. Daniel A. Austin of Northeastern University School of Law (Boston)

  • Edward "Ted" M. King of Frost Brown Todd LLC (Louisville, Ky.)

  • Craig Zimmerman of the Law Offices of Craig Zimmerman Santa Ana, Calif.)

CLE credit will be available for the webinar. This webinar is sure to sell out; register now for the special ABI member rate of $75!

POWER TO VETO BANKRUPTCY SALES AMONG ISSUES TO BE EXAMINED AT ABI'S 31ST ANNUAL SPRING MEETING

The 2013 Annual Spring Meeting, to be held April 18-21, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., features a roster of the best national speakers, while the depth and scope of topics offer something for everyone. Specifically, four concurrent workshops will cover various “tracks,” including programs for attorneys in commercial cases, a track for restructuring professionals, a track of professional development programming and a track dealing solely with consumer issues. More than 16 hours of CLE/CPE is offered in some states, along with ethics credit totaling 3 hours, making the cost only about $50 per credit. In addition, committee sessions will drill down on other topics to provide you with the most practical and varied CLE/CPE experience ever. Sessions include:

- 17th Annual Great Debates
- Mediation: An Irrational Approach to a Rational Result
- Creditors' Committees and the Role of Indenture Trustees and Related Issues
- Current Issues for Financial Advisors in Bankruptcy Cases
- The Individual Conundrum: Chapter 7, 11 or 13?
- Real Estate Issues in Health Care Restructurings
- Law Firm Bankruptcies
- How to Be a Successful Expert
- The Ethical Compass: Multiple Ethical Schemes Applicable to Financial Advisors
- Chapter 9s, Nonprofits and Other Nontraditional Restructuring Processes
- And much more!

The Spring Meeting will also feature a field hearing of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, a report from the ABI Ethics Task Force, a luncheon panel discussion moderated by Bill Rochelle of Bloomberg News, and a Final Night Gala Dinner featuring a concert by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts!

Enter code "LOVEASM50" at checkout to save $50 on a new registration this week! Click here to register today!

ABI IN-DEPTH

DON'T MISS THE 9TH ANNUAL WHARTON RESTRUCTURING AND DISTRESSED INVESTING CONFERENCE ON FEB. 22!

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business will be holding the 9th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference on Feb. 22 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia. The theme of this year's conference is “Health of Nations: Distress, Recovery or Revival?” It will offer a unique opportunity to hear from a distinguished gathering of keynote speakers and panelists in their discussion of the current economic climate and issues of debt, investing, and restructuring across the globe. To register, please click here.

NEW BANKRUPTCY PROFESSIONALS: DON'T MISS THE NUTS AND BOLTS PROGRAM AT ABI'S ANNUAL SPRING MEETING! SPECIAL PRICING IF YOU ARE AN ASM REGISTRANT!

An outstanding faculty of judges and practitioners explains the fundamentals of bankruptcy in a one-day Nuts and Bolts program on April 18 being held in conjunction with ABI's Annual Spring Meeting. Ideal training for junior professionals or those new to this practice area!

The morning session covers concepts all bankruptcy practitioners need to know, and the afternoon session splits into concurrent tracks, focusing on consumer and business issues. The session will include written materials, practice tip sessions with bankruptcy judges, continental breakfast and a reception after the program. Click here to register!

LATEST CASE SUMMARY ON VOLO: DAVENPORT V. FRONTIER BANK (IN RE DAVENPORT; 11TH CIR.)

Summarized by Lynn Hinson of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capouano & Bozarth PA

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court's ruling, which affirmed the bankruptcy court's determination that a debt owed by the debtor to a bank was not dischargeable. Specifically, the debt was not dischargeable because the bank reasonably relied on the debtor's false financial statement in making a loan.

There are more than 750 appellate opinions summarized on Volo, and summaries typically appear within 24 hours of the ruling. Click here regularly to view the latest case summaries on ABI’s Volo website.

NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: FURTHER ANALYSIS OF THE US AIRWAYS-AMERICAN AIRLINES MERGER

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent post further examines the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, which was formally announced today.

Be sure to check the site several times each day; any time a contributing blog posts a new story, a link to the story will appear on the top. If you have a blog that deals with bankruptcy, or know of a good blog that should be part of the Bankruptcy Exchange, please contact the ABI Web team.

ABI Quick Poll

After Stern, bankruptcy courts do not have the constitutional authority to enter final judgments on fraudulent conveyance claims.

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INSOL INTERNATIONAL

INSOL International is a worldwide federation of national associations for accountants and lawyers who specialize in turnaround and insolvency. There are currently 37 member associations worldwide with more than 9,000 professionals participating as members of INSOL International. As a member association of INSOL, ABI's members receive a discounted subscription rate. See ABI's enrollment page for details.

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Feb. 22, 2013
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March 7-9, 2013
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BBW 2013
March 22, 2013
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April 10, 2013
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April 18, 2013
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April 18-21, 2013
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  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 

2013

February
- ABI Live Webinar: Revisiting RadLAX and Hall- New Legal and Practical Impact of the Decisions
     February 19, 2013
- VALCON 2013
     February 20-22, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nev.
- 9th Annual Wharton
Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference

     February 22, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pa.

March
- 37th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
     March 7-9, 2013 | St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Bankruptcy Battleground West
     March 22, 2013 | Los Angeles, Calif.


  

April
- ABI Live Webinar: "Student Loans: Bankruptcy May Not Have the Answers - But Does Congress?"
     April 10, 2013
- "Nuts and Bolts" Program at ASM
     April 18, 2013 | National Harbor, Md.
- Annual Spring Meeting
     April 18-21, 2013 | National Harbor, Md.

May
- "Nuts and Bolts" Program at NYCBC
     May 15, 2013 | New York, N.Y.
- ABI Endowment Cocktail Reception
     May 15, 2013 | New York, N.Y.
- New York City Bankruptcy Conference
     May 16, 2013 | New York, N.Y.
- Litigation Skills Symposium
     May 21-24, 2013 | Dallas, Texas

June
- Memphis Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
     June 7, 2013 | Memphis, Tenn.


 
 
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