ABI Journal

Selected content from the ABI Journal

  • What the Rules of Professional Conduct Say About Social Media

    What the Rules of Professional Conduct Say About Social Media

    Ethics opinions from across the nation make it clear that the rules of professional conduct (RPC) apply to attorney communications and marketing in digital form just like any traditional medium.

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  • HAVEN Act: Protecting Disability and Death Benefits in Bankruptcy

    HAVEN Act: Protecting Disability and Death Benefits in Bankruptcy

    The HAVEN Act amended § 101(10A) of the Bankruptcy Code by replacing subparagraph (B), which exempts service member death and disability compensation from current monthly income.

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  • Should "Wet Ink" Signature Requirements Be Abolished?

    Should "Wet Ink" Signature Requirements Be Abolished?

    Many courts have enacted local rules requiring attorneys to retain “wet ink” signatures for a certain period of time, but such rules ignore the reality that business is largely conducted digitally.

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  • Restructuring a Distressed Health Care Portfolio Company

    Restructuring a Distressed Health Care Portfolio Company

    In recent years, PE investment in physician practices and health care has notably increased, which could lead to an increasing amount of restructurings for PE in the complicated world of health care.

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  • How the USTP Plans to Implement HAVEN Act, SBRA

    How the USTP Plans to Implement HAVEN Act, SBRA

    As the SBRA and HAVEN Act represent substantial changes to bankruptcy law and practice, teams of EOUST personnel are working to recommend changes to the USTP’s practices and to identify legal issues.

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  • Beware of Potential Damages When Filing an Involuntary Petition

    Beware of Potential Damages When Filing an Involuntary Petition

    Commencing an involuntary bankruptcy case against an adversary could result in severe consequences to a petitioning creditor in the form of attorneys’ fees, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

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  • 24-Hour Prepacks

    24-Hour Prepacks

    Much quicker and generally less expensive than traditional chapter 11 filings, prepackaged chapter 11s (prepacks) have been on a steep rise in the last few years — as have “super speedy prepacks.”

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  • Toxic Tort Claims in Bankruptcy

    Toxic Tort Claims in Bankruptcy

    Environmental-contamination claims present tricky issues for debtors seeking a fresh start through bankruptcy, as well as for creditors and purchasers of distressed assets.

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  • In Valuation, Should Management Be Believed?

    In Valuation, Should Management Be Believed?

    Management often has familiarity with a company’s operations, competitors, opportunities and challenges. However, valuation experts shouldn't blindly accept the projections management produces.

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  • Arbitrability of Student Loan Dischargeability

    Arbitrability of Student Loan Dischargeability

    In their first years of coexistence, the Bankruptcy Code and Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) rarely, if ever, intersected, but the explosion in student loan debt has finally led to their entanglement.

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  • How Long Will Bankruptcy Filings Remain Stable?

    How Long Will Bankruptcy Filings Remain Stable?

    While filing levels have been relatively unchanged for the last several years, in the bankruptcy world large annual swings in filings are far more common than periods of stability.

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  • Climate-Change Claims in Bankruptcy Courts

    Climate-Change Claims in Bankruptcy Courts

    In In re Peabody Energy Corp., the district court affirmed the bankruptcy court’s finding that causes of action to hold a coal company responsible for climate change were discharged in bankruptcy.

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  • When Pets Are Collateral for Secured Loans

    When Pets Are Collateral for Secured Loans

    Although animal lovers might not want to believe it, it is possible for pets in the U.S. to be seized and sold for debt repayment.

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  • How the Bankruptcy Code Disserves Those Who Have Served

    How the Bankruptcy Code Disserves Those Who Have Served

    Veterans compensation is complex.Proper representation for veterans will give them the best opportunity for success and might avoid bankruptcy altogether.

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  • Words of Caution for Leveraged Lenders

    Words of Caution for Leveraged Lenders

    While economists and policymakers debate over the fragility of the global financial system, one thing is certain: Credit markets remain inundated with low-cost capital looking for gainful returns.

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  • Book Review – Navigating Banking in Bankruptcy

    Book Review – Navigating Banking in Bankruptcy

    Navigating Banking in Bankruptcy, according to this recent review, is a useful resource to both business and consumer practitioners, as well as banking professionals.

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  • Direct-Payment Defaults Can Forestall Chapter 13 Discharges

    Direct-Payment Defaults Can Forestall Chapter 13 Discharges

    Debtors might lose their home or car after stay relief during their case, but they keep making their chapter 13 plan payments, expecting to receive a discharge that might not happen.

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  • OPEC Nations' Struggles Could Impact World Economy

    OPEC Nations' Struggles Could Impact World Economy

    All but two OPEC member nations are on a collision course with financial ruin, and this could potentially impact the world economy.

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  • Think Twice Before Invoking Involuntary Bankruptcy

    Think Twice Before Invoking Involuntary Bankruptcy

    Much like the proverbial barking dog who chased the car and caught it, petitioning creditors should consider what could happen when using involuntary petition as a debt-collection tool.

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  • Marijuana: From Greenhouse to Courthouse

    Marijuana: From Greenhouse to Courthouse

    Because bankruptcy is a federal remedy, courts have been reluctant to grant relief to debtors involved with marijuana, but recent cases suggest that the tide might be turning.

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