Consumer Bankruptcy Committee


Post date: Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Creditors contemplating an objection to discharge proceeding pursuant to Bankruptcy Code § 523(a)(2)(A)’s fraud provision often think that a judgment in a prior state court action will automatically entitle them to judgment in bankruptcy court. Prior to reaching such conclusions, however, creditors should be mindful of several potential pitfalls.

Post date: Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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Matthew D. Skeen Jr.

Of all the topics that is sure to incite impassioned disagreement in our current age of partisan disunity, the issue of guns must be near to the top of the list. While some see guns as a uniquely American scourge leaving untold tragedy and carnage in their wake, others view the right to keep and bear arms as the foundation of liberty and the only insurance against tyrannical government.

Post date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

In April of 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen) and its affiliates for supposed systematic deficiencies in their mortgage servicing business.

Post date: Monday, August 07, 2017

In all bulk legal practices, there is a concept of a case that is “off the wheel”: a case that cannot be processed through the system in an orderly, cost-effective and efficient manner along with the hundreds of similar cases. Anyone having a bulk practice will tell you that an off-the-wheel case necessarily draws attention to itself; it requires greater overview and inquiry.

Post date: Monday, August 07, 2017

[1]Creditors may attack a debtor’s discharge in two ways: by objecting to the debtor’s discharge in toto, or by objecting to the dischargeability of a particular debt.[2] Both require an adversary complaint.[3]

Post date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

The first portion of this article reviewed how a domestic support obligation (DSO) creditor need not shudder if he or she discovers that the DSO debtor has filed a bankruptcy. If a bankruptcy is filed, the DSO creditor knows the debt will not be discharged, the nondischargeable portion of the debt does not require a costly adjudication by adversary, and, if the estate administers assets for the creditors, the DSO creditor will be paid as the first priority. This portion of the article focuses on how Congress has fortified the protections and collections for DSO creditors.

Post date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A finding that a particular debt is excepted from a debtor’s discharge is not necessarily the end of the struggles between the debtor and creditor in bankruptcy court.

Post date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[1]The meeting of creditors is similar to an open-book exam. The test date is known, the questions are not a secret, and in a twist, the test-taker holds the answer key. It is an opportunity to get a perfect score, but every so often debtor and counsel are not fully prepared, and the issues are usually preventable.

Post date: Monday, February 06, 2017

Although numerous issues intertwining bankruptcy affect divorce claims, some divergent bankruptcy matters need to be brought to the attention of most domestic attorneys representing the party to whom obligations are owed: (1) your client’s divorce-related debt will not be discharged and you do not need file an adversary proceeding to preserve the debt; (2) do not over-litigate your client’s int

Post date: Monday, February 06, 2017

Creditors seeking to foreclose in state court on their real property liens frequently find their efforts frustrated by serial bankruptcy filers attempting to use the protections of the automatic stay to delay the foreclosure.


Mrs. Michelle Bass
Wolfson Bolton PLLC
Troy, MI
(248) 247-7070

Mr. Christopher L. Hawkins
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, AL
(205) 521-8556

Mr. Jeffrey S. Fraser
Communications Manager
Albertelli Law
Lake Worth, FL
(954) 647-0691

Mr. John R. Bollinger
Education Director
Boleman Law Firm, PC
Hampton, VA
(757) 825-5577

Mrs. Hannah White Hutman
Membership Relations Director
Hoover Penrod PLC
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 433-2444

Ms. Karlene A. Archer
Newsletter Editor
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York
Manlius, TN
(617) 314-3394

Ms. Heather Giannino
Special Projects Leader
Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC
Decatur, IL
(217) 422-1719

Mr. Keith James Larson
Special Projects Leader
Seiller Waterman, LLC
Louisville, KY
(502) 612-3780

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