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Religious Contributions Not Considered in Dischargeability of Student Loans
First Amendment doesn’t compel deduction of religious contributions in finding an ‘undue hardship’ justifying the discharge of student loans.
Self-Inflicted Disability Won’t Make Student Loans Dischargeable, BAP Says
The BAP avoided making a rule that would have allowed convicted felons to discharge student loans more easily than debtors with clean records.
Supreme Court to Tackle a Bankruptcy Tax Refund Circuit Split
Circuits are split on whether a tax refund presumptively goes to the subsidiary that created the losses giving rise to the refund.
Third Circuit Strips Debt Buyers of Defenses Under the FDCPA
Hiring a collection agent will not insulate a debt buyer from liability under the FDCPA.
Sixth Circuit Shows Why the Supreme Court Must Reverse Taggart
The appeals court didn’t allow an ambiguous state statute to confer absolution for violating the automatic stay.
Equitable Mootness Attacked in Jefferson County ‘Cert’ Petition
Lack of a circuit split makes equitable mootness an unlikely topic for Supreme Court review.
Judge Declines to Apply ‘Earmarking’ Defense to a GM Lien Avoidance
‘Old’ GM lenders lose again while attempting to avoid the consequences of a $1.5 billion mistake.
Supreme Court Grants ‘Cert’ to Decide Whether Good Faith Is a Defense to Contempt
Supreme Court has three bankruptcy cases this term, on nonjudicial foreclosure, trademark rejection, and contempt for a stay violation.
Unprotected Sex Results in a $250,000 Nondischargeable Debt
Lying about herpes resulted in a nondischargeable debt for fraud and battery.
Bankruptcy Won’t Lift Suspension of a Driver’s License for Failure to Pay Traffic Fines
The government doesn’t violate the automatic stay by refusing to reinstate a driver’s license suspended for failure to pay traffic fines, Judge Surratt-States says.
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Rejection Terminates Use of a Trademark
High court will resolve a circuit split dating back to the Fourth Circuit’s controversial Lubrizol opinion in 1985.
Status Report on the Supreme Court
Already primed to rule on nonjudicial foreclosure, the Supreme Court might take cases involving contempt, the automatic stay and trademarks.
Avoiding Powers Under PROMESA May Be Applied Retroactively
Defining collateral by reference in a UCC-1 is held invalid in Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy.
Two Circuits Agree on When Social Security Benefits Accrue
The Third and Seventh Circuits agree on a concept that limits a debtor’s ability to recover accrued Social Security benefits that are set off before bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Court Still Has Jurisdiction Seven Years After Confirmation
Venue in the bankruptcy court is ok for suits brought under a liquidating plan.
Delaware’s Judge Sontchi Writes a Seminal Opinion on Sovereign Immunity
A bankruptcy court’s in rem jurisdiction overrides a claim of sovereign immunity.
NY Judge Takes Forgiving View of "Actual Conflict"
Firm allowed to drop a creditor-client and represent the debtor in chapter 11.
GM Ignition Switch Litigation Makes Law on Punitive Damages and Law of the Case
Ten years later, courts are still sorting out who’s liable for Old GM’s failure to disclose a known defect.
Courts Disagree on When a ‘Med-Mal’ Claim Becomes Estate Property
District and bankruptcy courts reach diametrically different results on identical facts regarding the same defective medical device.
Ninth and Fourth Circuits Issue Important Rulings on Sanctions and Exemptions