6 01, 2019

Discharge Injunctions and Bankruptcy

By | 2019-01-06T21:14:25+00:00 January 6th, 2019|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on Discharge Injunctions and Bankruptcy

A California bankruptcy court recently confirmed a violation of the Bankruptcy Code’s discharge injunction, but chose not to sanction the party at fault. The case, In re Torres, presented the issue of whether a debt collector violates the discharge injunction of the Bankruptcy Code and whether the violation should result in sanction. The Discharge Injunction [...]

16 12, 2018

Judge Awards Punitive, Compensatory Damages in Bankruptcy Case

By | 2018-12-21T06:44:38+00:00 December 16th, 2018|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on Judge Awards Punitive, Compensatory Damages in Bankruptcy Case

In a recent case out of federal bankruptcy court in California, a judge awarded punitive and compensatory damages to a woman who filed for bankruptcy. This case is an example of how and why it is so important that qualified and talented bankruptcy counsel be used for a bankruptcy filing in California. Background of Case [...]

7 10, 2018

California Bankruptcy Judge Allows Automatic Stay Lawsuit

By | 2018-10-13T19:38:34+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on California Bankruptcy Judge Allows Automatic Stay Lawsuit

One of the most important and fought over areas of bankruptcy law is the automatic stay. This portion of the law is known as the automatic stay provision, and can be found in 11 U.S.C. § 362(k). It is important because of the protections it provides to debtors filing for bankruptcy in California or elsewhere. [...]

10 09, 2018

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Denial of Petition

By | 2018-10-09T12:55:37+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Denial of Petition

image courtesy of Jimi Filipovski Although not the typical result in a bankruptcy case, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a bankruptcy judge’s decision to deny a discharge in bankruptcy. We are fortunate to live under a legal system that allows debtors to petition for a discharge, and in most cases, [...]

5 08, 2018

Bankruptcy Appellate Court Awards $119,000 in Damages to Couple

By | 2018-08-05T22:12:31+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on Bankruptcy Appellate Court Awards $119,000 in Damages to Couple

In an ironic turn of events, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed an award of $119,000 to a couple that filed for bankruptcy. As if the confirmation of the award was not ironic enough, the court also remanded the case for the bankruptcy judge to consider whether punitive damages [...]

7 06, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Bankruptcy Case in Debtor’s Favor

By | 2018-06-07T21:13:35+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court Decides Bankruptcy Case in Debtor’s Favor

Bankruptcy law is one area of law that is consistently on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court. The primary reason there are so many bankruptcy cases decided by the Supreme Court is that it is a federal law, and the many federal circuits often interpret the law differently. When this happens, the Supreme Court [...]

29 04, 2018

Online Loans Carry Risks and May Lead to Bankruptcy

By | 2018-06-04T21:24:11+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Bankruptcy, Debt|Comments Off on Online Loans Carry Risks and May Lead to Bankruptcy

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, it has been harder for some borrowers to secure credit from the same sources as before. For example, in the years leading up to the crisis it was not very difficult for a person to obtain credit through a home equity loan, credit card withdrawal, or even a [...]

19 04, 2018

California Debtors Allowed to Discharge Federal Tax Debt According to Bankruptcy Court Ruling

By | 2018-04-19T00:56:14+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Debt, Taxes|Comments Off on California Debtors Allowed to Discharge Federal Tax Debt According to Bankruptcy Court Ruling

Earlier this year, a California bankruptcy court found that a couple’s tax liabilities were subject to discharge under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The question before the court was whether the couple’s debt accrued when the IRS assessed their tax liability in March of 2009, or when the couples filed multiple years of [...]

19 04, 2018

Bankruptcy Court Puts Brakes on Dismissal Over Marijuana

By | 2018-04-19T00:55:28+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Bankruptcy|Comments Off on Bankruptcy Court Puts Brakes on Dismissal Over Marijuana

A recent opinion from a Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Panel put the brakes on a lower court ruling that dismissed a bankruptcy because of a marijuana business. This was a test case for the increasing complexity introduced by individual states passing marijuana consumption laws. As we all know by now, states across the country have legalized [...]

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