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ABI Bankruptcy Brief | September 5, 2013
 
  

September 5, 2013

 
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COMMENTARY: SCHWAB CASE CASTS SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITIES ARBITRATION AND ITS FLAWS

A skirmish between the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and brokerage firm Charles Schwab & Company has brought unwelcome attention to the investor arbitration process and its flaws, according to a commentary in yesterday’s New York Times DealBook Blog. The dispute started in 2011, when Schwab added a clause to its customer agreement requiring customers not to pursue or participate in class-action suits against the company. This removed an option allowing groups of investors to sue a firm, established by the Supreme Court’s 1987 ruling in Shearson v. McMahon. FINRA objected, filing a disciplinary action against Schwab last year to force the removal of the clause, and a final resolution on the matter will be heard before an adjudicatory panel next Wednesday. But the dispute has roused state securities regulators, investor advocates, and Democratic members of Congress, all demanding that the clause be done away with, no matter how the ruling goes. One investor advocate, F. Paul Bland Jr. of Public Justice, says that "If Schwab succeeds, investor protection will be enormously damaged." Click here to read the full commentary.

COMMENTARY: YOUR CITY MIGHT BE THE NEXT DETROIT...BUT THAT’S NOT ALL BAD

Detroit’s bankruptcy has sent shivers through cities all around America. That is both understandable and may not be all bad, says Benjamin R. Barber, author of the forthcoming book If Mayors Ruled the World, in a commentary in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Detroit’s problems are shared by many cities. Barber says that "cities have become gargantuan unfunded mandates where much of the nation’s productivity, innovation and prosperity are generated without adequate support from the outside." He believes that federal government spending still skews towards rural areas, "even though cities represent over three quarters of the American population and the absolute electoral majority." But the problems that Detroit faces, though shared by other cities, are not insurmountable. Barber’s prescriptions:

  • Declining manufacturing base: Outsourcing of jobs is a national problem, Barber says, but "cities have proven more resilient than nations, finding ways to transition from the old to the new economy."
  • A redefinition of city limits: Maps conceived in the 19th century don’t reflect today’s realities, Barber notes. Detroit has lost two-thirds of its population, but the 10 surrounding counties have grown by more than 5.3 million, along with 2 million jobs.
  • Pensions: Many cities have bigger pension costs than Detroit’s, but the answer, Barber thinks, is for residents to shoulder more of the costs of services they enjoy, and to stop putting pension obligations behind obligations to bondholders.
"Detroit’s fate may in time be Miami’s, Atlanta’s and San Diego’s," Barber says. "But that’s fine." Cities face many challenges, but they are here to stay. After all, Barber notes, "London, Rome, Alexandria and Boston are much older than England, Italy, Egypt and the United States." Click here to read the full commentary (subscription required).

DETROIT DEFENDS CONTESTED SWAPS DEAL AS KEY TO CITY’S SURVIVAL

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has asked Steven Rhodes, the federal judge overseeing its bankruptcy case, to allow a swaps deal completed with Merrill Lynch and UBS AG just prior to the filing of their chapter 9 case, according to a report from Reuters yesterday. Creditors, led by bond insurer Syncora Guarantee have objected to the deal, which would give the city unfettered access to casino tax revenue, arguing that it favors the swap counterparties over other creditors and eliminates the possibility of including the revenue — some $180 million a year — as a potential source for paying Detroit’s obligations. In a sworn deposition, Orr’s top outside financial consultant, Kenneth Buckfire, said he believed the city was in a "life and death" predicament at the time the swaps deal went through. Read more.

A BANKING BANKRUPTCY THAT TAKES A DIFFERENT PATH

When bank holding companies file for bankruptcy — usually after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has taken away its banking subsidiary — the only thing left to do is marshal any assets, including a typically large tax refund, pay out the results to creditors, and liquidate. But a small Wisconsin bank holding company, Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin, plans to use chapter 11 to recapitalize rather than liquidate, according to a story by Stephen Lubben in today’s New York Times DealBook blog. The company had received more than $100 million from the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program during the financial crisis, but it still faced the prospect of losing its bank. Filing for chapter 11 will allow it to pay off more than $180 million in debt owed to other banks for just $49 million. It will also allow the company to convert the United States Treasury’s preferred stock — received as part of the TARP bailout — into a small equity stake, worth about $6 million, the holding company. Most important, according to Lubben, "Anchor said it would cancel its existing shares and sell the remaining new equity to investors, leading to the recapitalization of the holding company." Although federal regulators still need to sign off on the plan, the bankruptcy judge has approved it. This speedy trip through bankruptcy, Lubben says, was the result of a prepackaged bankruptcy case that "included the creditors voting on the plan before the bankruptcy filing." It may well "provide another template for use of chapter 11 in connection with other financial institutions," Lubben concludes. Read more.

ANALYSIS: HOSPITALS, DEBT COLLECTORS RUSH TO CREATE STANDARDS FOR COLLECTING PATIENT DEBT

Facing pressure from both the Congress and the IRS that would severely limit the ability to collect patient medical debt, The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), which comprises hospital and other healthcare financial professionals, last December joined forces with ACA International, the leading organization of debt collection professionals, to develop guidelines for dealing with patient medical debt, according to a post yesterday on Forbes.com. The stated purpose of the task force guidelines "is intended to identify a standardized process for resolving the patient portion of medical bills that should be adhered to and to provide a framework for educating patients about the patient balance resolution process," according to the task force’s recommendations. The new guidelines outline a proposed timeline for payment of patient debts. Once a bill "drops," patients would have 120 days before a health-care company would take "extraordinary collection action." The guidelines also propose removing medical debt from credit reports within 45 days, a key component of the Medical Debt Responsibility Act currently before Congress. Click here to read the full analysis.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar and public for comment. The following proposed amendments were approved for publication by the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in June 2013:

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and Civil Procedure: The public comment period is open for proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 3002, 3007, 3012, 3015, 4003, 5005, 5009, 7001, 9006 and 9009; Official Forms 17A, 17B, 17C, 22A-1, 22A-1Supp, 22A-2, 22B, 22C-1, 22C-2, 101, 101A, 101B, 104, 105, 106Sum, 106A/B, 106C, 106D, 106E/F, 106G, 106H, 106Dec, 107, 112, 113, 119, 121, 318, 423 and 427; and Civil Rules 1, 4, 6, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 55, 84 and Appendix of Forms. The public comment period closes on Feb. 15, 2014. Your comments are welcome on all aspects of each proposal. The advisory committees will review all timely comments, which are made part of the official record and are available to the public. Click here to read the proposed amendments and submit comments.

NEW ABILIVE WEBINAR OCT. 3: THE INTERSECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BANKRUPTCY: KODAK, NORTEL AND OTHER CASES

IP experts will shed light on the mysteries of understanding IP law and navigating the often puzzling sales processes, drawing from their experiences in Nortel, Kodak and other important cases, in an abiLIVE webinar on Oct. 3 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET. Speakers will include David Berten (Global IP Law Group, LLC; Chicago), Pauline K. Morgan (Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP; Wilmington, Del.), Cassandra M. Porter (Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Roseland, N.J.), Kelly Beaudin Stapleton (Alvarez & Marsal; New York) and Christopher Burton Wick (Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; Cleveland). To register, click here.

RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE OF THE ABILIVE WEBINAR EXAMINING THE NEW U.S. TRUSTEE FEE GUIDELINES!

If you were not able to join ABI's recent well-attended abiLIVE webinar examining the U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines for chapter 11 cases filed on or after Nov. 1, a recording of the program is now available for downloading! A panel of experts, including Clifford J. White, the director of the U.S. Trustee Program, discussed 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. The 90-minute recording is available for the special ABI member price of $75 and can be purchased here.

ABI GOLF TOUR UNDERWAY; LAST STOP FOR 2013 IS WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN DECEMBER

The 7th and final stop for the 2013 ABI Golf Tour is on Dec. 5 at the Trump National Golf Club, held in conjunction with ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference. Final scoring to win the Great American Cup — sponsored by Great American Group — is based on your top three scores from the seven ABI events. 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: DANIELSON V. FLORES (IN RE FLORES) (9TH CIR.)

Summarized by Kevin M. Baum of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Affirming the Bankruptcy Court, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, held that a Bankruptcy Court may confirm a chapter 13 plan of reorganization under § 1325(b)(1)(B) only if the plan’s duration is at least as long as the applicable commitment period under section 1325(b)(4), without regard to whether the debtor has positive, zero, or negative projected disposable income. In reaching its decision, the court expressly overruled the portion of its previous decision in Maney v. Kagenveama (In re Kagenveama), 541 F.3d 868, 875 (9th Cir. 2008) in which the Ninth Circuit had previously held that § 1325(b)(1)(B) does not impose a minimum duration for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan if the debtor has no "projected disposable income," as such term is defined in the Bankruptcy Code.

There are more than 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: COMING RULES COULD CUT OFF BANKS FROM AFFILIATES

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks 35 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent blog post reported that Dance New Amsterdam, a financially troubled nonprofit dance education and performance center in New York, had staved off, at least temporarily, a shutdown by raising $50,000 it owed.

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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ABI Bankruptcy Brief Is Detroits Bankruptcy a Bid to Bust Unions

ABI Bankruptcy Brief | October 10, 2013
 
  

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COMMENTARY: IS DETROIT’S BANKRUPTCY A BID TO BUST UNIONS?

While Detroit’s bankruptcy has often been portrayed as “a cautionary tale about what can happen when a once great American city is run into the ground by poor leadership and pensions run amok,” Paul Alexander, a former Time reporter who now blogs for the Huffington Post suggests in a commentary that it is “yet another battle between Republicans and public employee unions.” Alexander bases his analysis on the close political ties between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and conservative donors, including the DeVos family and the Koch brothers, who strongly supported the state’s right-to-work legislation pushed through by Snyder last December. That effort prompted AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka to label Gov. Snyder a "puppet of extreme donors" whose actions "will diminish the voice of every working man and woman in Michigan." According to Alexander, critics contend Snyder believes that police, fire, and city retirees are “unsecured creditors, like bondholders, under U.S. bankruptcy law and aren't exempt from potential cuts.” Those 20,000 retired workers are owed $3.5 billion in pensions and $5.7 billion in health coverage, a significant portion of Detroit’s estimated $18 billion debt. Should they be forced, through bankruptcy, to surrender up to 90 percent of that money, as some union leaders estimate, it would represent, “a devastating blow to organized labor not just in Detroit but across the state and country,” according to Alexander. On September 19, Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit’s chapter 9 case, heard 45 of 109 individuals who filed papers to be allowed to speak to the court and explain why the bankruptcy should not be allowed to proceed. After listening to the testimony, which Judge Rhodes characterized as “extraordinary,” he was so moved, Alexander writes, that “he ordered Orr and Governor Snyder, who were not present in court, to listen to a recording of the hearing. ‘I think,’ Rhodes said from the bench, ‘democracy demands nothing less than they personally listen to what the citizens of this city said in this court today.’ ” Click here to read the full commentary.

GAO TO DECIDE QUESTION OF “TOO BIG TO FAIL”

Big banks argue that government subsidies, such as those that limited the meltdown of large financial institutions during fall of 2008 and early 2009, have been curtailed or even eliminated by the Dodd-Frank financial reform act passed in 2010. Now, according to Simon Johnson, writing on the New York Times Economix blog, a forthcoming assessment by the General Accounting Office will pass official judgment on the question. But Johnson suggests that the GAO would do well to look past the opinions of such insider banking groups as the Clearing House Association, and more toward independent researchers; both groups were represented at a conference on “too big to fail” banks last week at New York University. Johnson cites one of the independent papers, which concluded that “large institutions could borrow more cheaply from private lenders, presumably because the implicit government guarantee lowered the credit risk for those firms relative to their smaller competitors. They also find that ‘passage of Dodd-Frank did not eliminate expectations of government support’ — meaning this advantage in credit markets persists in the data.” Another paper found that, “at the peak of the crisis, the risk that the financial sector would collapse as a whole was substantially underpriced relative to the risk of failure of individual financial firms. This may sound technical but it is actually quite profound; it means the markets expected a rescue of some form at the systemwide level.” Johnson concedes that the GAO report could still support the banks’ contention that government subsidies have been eliminated, but includes a cautionary note in the form of an Upton Sinclair quotation: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Read more.

PETTERS FALLOUT ENGULFS TWO POWERHOUSE LAW FIRMS

Bankruptcy Judge Paul G. Hyman, Jr. (S.D.Fl.) has green-lighted a massive Ponzi scheme lawsuit against one of the biggest law firms in the United States, Fulbright & Jaworski, according to an article in yesterday’s South Florida Business Journal. The ruling opens the way for a $718 million malpractice suit by Palm Beach Finance, which claims that Fulbright failed to advise them to file for bankruptcy following the explosion of the Tom Petters Ponzi scheme. The judge may also block Fulbright from recovering the fees it tried to charge Palm Beach Finance, which was heavily tied to Petters’ business. After Petters’ fraud was exposed in October 2008, Palm Beach delayed filing for bankruptcy for more than a year, at which time it had amassed debts of $1 billion. According to the South Florida Business Journal, two Miami powerhouse bankruptcy firms are involved. Michael Budwick of Meland Russin & Budwick represents the fund receiver Barry Mukamal; Scott Baena of Bilzin Sumberg represents Fulbright. Petters, meanwhile, is serving 50 years in prison for running the third-largest Ponzi scheme in the nation. Read more. (Subscription required.)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DELAYS MEDICAL SUPPLIER’S BANKRUPTCY EXIT

As Congress and the White House fitfully discuss ways to avert the country’s debt crisis and end the stalemate that has shuttered the government for more than a week, the shutdown has been blamed for the disruption of a California bankruptcy case. Lawyers for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services persuaded Bankruptcy Judge Mark Wallace on Monday to delay a court hearing that could have allowed a California medical supplier, American Medical Technologies, to get out of chapter 11 protection. In papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, Calif., U.S. Department of Justice attorney Seth Shapiro said that CMS employees, furloughed by the government shutdown, are prohibited from working, and thus can’t evaluate AMT’s plan to repay the $76 million that the agency says it’s owed. “It’s not [AMT’s] fault if the government can’t keep its house in order,” said Scotta McFarland, AMT’s attorney, during Monday’s hearing after pointing out that Justice Department attorneys have the power to ask for special permission to keep working on cases. Judge Wallace, who reset the company’s bankruptcy-exit hearing to Nov. 20 from Oct. 21, hinted that he wouldn’t clear the company to leave chapter 11 unless its biggest debts are worked out in a repayment plan. Under AMT’s restructuring plan, the company’s founder and president, Gerald Del Signore, agreed to contribute several million dollars to help the company pay off its debts. Medicare payments make up more than 90 percent of AMT’s revenue. The company filed for chapter 11 protection in February 2012 amid a dispute with a Medicare-payment contractor, which halted payments to AMT during an investigation into whether the company improperly billed for extra wound care supplies. Click here to read the full article. Read more.

NEW FISCAL SURVEY FINDS NATION’S CITIES STRUGGLING, BUT SURVIVING

Pressure from soaring health care and pension costs, coupled with cuts in state and federal aid, are undermining the improving but still shaky financial health of the nation’s cities, according to a report released today, the Washington Post reported. The National League of Cities, which advocates on behalf of 1,700 member cities, said that its annual survey of local finance officers reflects a slowly brightening financial picture for many cities. Still, the survey found that cities continue to suffer the effects of the recent economic downturn, as well as structural problems, that are making it difficult for them to pay for core services such as public safety. The survey found that after six straight years of decline, cities this year reported a small increase in general fund revenues — the locally generated taxes, fees and outside aid that local officials have wide discretion to spend on services from public safety to parks. Sales and income tax revenues are up, but property taxes continue to decline because they typically reflect property values as much as several years before their collections. For cities, that means that their tax revenues are still depressed by the steep drop in property values that accompanied the downturn. Despite the problems, the report finds that few cities are facing the extreme pressure that since 2011 has caused Jefferson County, Ala., Stockton and San Bernardino, Calif., and Detroit to topple into bankruptcy. Overall, nearly three in four of the 350 city finance officers surveyed reported that their cities are better able to meet financial needs in 2013 than they were in 2012. But many also reported that they have been forced to squeeze jobs out of the budget, reduce health care and pension benefits and raise fees, and sometimes taxes, to make ends meet. Read more.

ABI LAUNCHES SIXTH ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION FOR LAW STUDENTS

Law school students are invited to submit a paper between now and March 4, 2014 for ABI's Sixth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. ABI will extend a complimentary one-year membership to all students who participate in this year's competition. Eligible submissions should focus on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence issues in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The first-place winner, sponsored by Invotex Group, Inc., will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication of his or her paper in the ABI Journal. The second-place winner, sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP, will receive a cash prize of $1,250 and publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter. The third-place winner, sponsored by Thompson & Knight LLP, will receive a cash prize of $750 plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter. For competition participation and submission guidelines, please visit http://papers.abi.org.

FIRST ABIWORKSHOP PROGRAM LOOKS AT RISKY TIMES FOR SECURED LENDERS AND SERVICERS! ATTEND IN PERSON OR VIA LIVE WEBSTREAM

You will not want to miss the abiWorkshops series' inaugural program, "Risky Times for Secured Lenders and Servicers." The program is cosponsored by TMA (Chesapeake), IWIRC (D.C./Greater Maryland) and RMA (Potomac), and will be held on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET in the ABI Headquarters Conference Center in Alexandria, Va. The abiWorkshops series provides attendees two great ways of participating: You can register to attend in person at the ABI Conference Center, or you can participate via a live webstream! Topics that will be covered on the Nov. 6 program include:

- Living with the New CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules
- Business Lending: Navigating What Lies Ahead
- Business Lending: Recent Legal Developments

For more information or to register for the "Risky Times for Secured Lenders and Servicers" abiWorkshop on Nov. 6, please click here.

EXPERTS TO EXAMINE STUDENT LENDING AND BANKRUPTCY AT ABI WORKSHOP PROGRAM ON NOV. 15

Experts will tackle the hot topic of student lending issues in bankruptcy on the abiWorkshops series' new program, "You Can't Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy - Or Can You?" The program will be held on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET in the ABI Headquarters Conference Center in Alexandria, Va. The abiWorkshops series provides attendees two great ways of participating: You can register to attend in person at the ABI Conference Center, or you can participate via a live webstream! Topics that will be covered on the Nov. 15 program include:

- Student Lending Today: Who Borrows, How Much, Delinquency & Default Trends
- Repayment Options: Income Based Repayment and New Lender/Servicer Programs
- Litigation under Sect. 523(a)(8): What Proofs Are Needed? Evidence Demonstration

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ABI GOLF TOUR UNDERWAY; LAST STOP FOR 2013 IS WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN DECEMBER

The 7th and final stop for the 2013 ABI Golf Tour is on Dec. 5 at the Trump National Golf Club, held in conjunction with ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference. Final scoring to win the Great American Cup — sponsored by Great American Group — is based on your top three scores from the seven ABI events. 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: ONYEABOR V. CENTENNIAL POINT OWNERS ASSOCIATION (IN RE ONYEABOR) (10TH CIR.)

Summarized by Steven T. Mulligan of Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP

he circuit court ruled that conversion is appropriate where a plan makes no provision for repayment of pre-petition secured claims, where the debtor’s income is insufficient to support her plan or even the appellees’ judgment lien, and where the debtor fails to address the trustee’s objections.

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NEW ON ABI’S BANKRUPTCY BLOG EXCHANGE: FIFTH CIRCUIT NIXES CONSENT IN STERN CASES

The Bankruptcy Blog Exchange is a free ABI service that tracks more than 80 bankruptcy-related blogs. A recent blog post argues that while the CFTC is on hiatus during the shutdown, the industry should consider the damage that might be done to a market that has become an integral part of banking.

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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October
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- Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
    Oct. 14, 2013 | Chicago, Ill.
- International Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium
    Oct. 25, 2013 | Berlin, Germany

November
- abiWorkshop: "Risky Times for Secured Lenders and Servicers"
   Nov. 6, 2013 | Alexandria, Va.
- Complex Financial Restructuring Program
   Nov. 7, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pa.
- Corporate Restructuring Competition
   Nov. 7-8, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pa.
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   Nov. 10-12, 2013 | Austin, Texas
- Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
   Nov. 11, 2013 | Detroit, Mich.

  

 


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   Nov. 15, 2013 | Alexandria, Va.
- Delaware Views from the Bench
   Nov. 25, 2013 | Wilmington, Del.

December
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    Dec. 5-7, 2013 | Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
- ABI/St. John’s Bankruptcy Mediation Training
    Dec. 8-12, 2013 | New York

January
- Western Consumer Bankruptcy Conference
    Jan. 20, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nev.
- Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference
    Jan. 23-24, 2014 | Denver, Colo.

 

 
 
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