Bankruptcy News Briefs- 3/28

Our Thursday bankruptcy and consumer headlines read…

Michigan District Court Applies Judicial Estoppel to Employment Discrimination Suit – Despite Debtor’s Disclosure of the Claim to the Bankruptcy Attorney

Illinois District Court Refuses to Adopt Categorical Rule that a Bankruptcy Disclaimer on a Post-Discharge Communication to a Debtor Excuses Debt Collector from Liability

11th Circuit Court Rejects Claim that Mortgage Statements Sought Time Barred Debt in Violation of FDCPA

Why are we getting so many robocalls?

Judge OKs $5.5B Loan Package for Embattled Utility

How Fewer Tax Refunds in 2019 Could Affect the U.S. Economy

Pimco, Other PG&E Creditors Said to Pitch $35 Billion Plan

Bitter Harvest: Debt And The Bankrupting Of The American Family Farm


Ditech Chapter 11 Filing: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Really Ugly
Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: FREE for NACBA Members / $45 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Twomey, Esq., O. Max Gardner, Esq. and James Haller Esq.
Register HERE

Why You Should Attend:

Any consumer lawyer with any type of claim or issue involving mortgage servicing by Ditech or any Ditech Entities must learn the new signs along the Chapter 11 highway. This webinar is geared to attorneys of all levels who file bankruptcy and mortgage servicing cases.

What You Will Learn:

  • When and where Ditech filed Chapter 11, and what entities were included in filing
  • How to address automatic stay and claims against Ditech
  • What is allowed and not allowed regarding partial relief from stay
  • Who must file proof of claim, where these claims should be filed, and the bar date for filing
  • Whether you can object to Proof of Claim by Ditech in your bankruptcy case
  • Whether Ditech can foreclose post-filing of the Chapter 11 and file a Motion for Relief from stay post filing
  • Whether you can send requests for information (RFIs) and notices of error (NOEs) NOEs to Ditech under RESPA and Reg X, file counter-claims, complaints, or adversary proceedings re Ditech, and claim right of set-off or recoupment in client’s Proof of Claim

Expand Your Practice with Chapter 12: A Chapter 12 Primer
Date: April 4, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Rebecca R. Garcia Esq., Chapter 13 Trustee (WI), Jan M. Sensenich Esq., Chapter 13 Trustee (VT) and James Haller Esq.
Register HERE

Chapter 12 is a powerful tool to assist debtors who qualify as farmers or fishermen. There has been an increase in chapter 12 cases filed across the country and there is a need for experienced debtors’ counsel to represent them. However many consumer attorneys are uncomfortable with chapter 12 cases because they are not aware of the different requirements and deadlines. This panel will bring you up to speed and give a primer on chapter 12 practice.

Why You Should Attend: You need to make more money and expanding your practice to include chapter 12 cases is a great opportunity.

Practice Pitfall Jeopardy: Practice Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Date: April 18, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Mary Beth Ausbrooks Esq., Jenny Doling Esq., Gene Melchionne & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

Don’t have a blooper reel for this year’s cases. This session will review common bloopers and how to avoid them in a game show format. Join our contestants who will be answering jeopardy type questions to win big prizes.

Why You Should Attend: Enjoy an actually fun way to learn how to deal with problem situations. Who will win the big candy bar?


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