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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 8/13

Take some time to read the following briefs…

In an Unpublished Opinion, the 11th Circuit Discusses Rarely Used 523(a)(19) Exception to Discharge and Types of Default Judgments That Can Cause Issue Preclusion

Survey of student loan borrowers shows payments average 20 percent of take-home pay

Barneys to Shut Down Most of Its Stores After Filing for Bankruptcy

Another Houston-based upstream energy co. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Student loan debt affects everything from relationships to retirement planning

Want Student Loan Forgiveness? Avoid These 3 Scams

Elkhart payroll firm declares bankruptcy, accuses its founder of a ‘sophisticated scheme’

PG&E Says It Will File Reorganization Plan in Less Than a Month

Student loans? Your employer can help pay off those debts

The Impact of Student Debt on Housing

New York’s Banking Chief Takes Aim at Consumer Protection Fouls (Corrected)

Feds Botched FDCPA Time Limit Rule, Justices Told

7th Circuit’s Lavallee Decision: What Does it Mean for Text Messaging and the NPRM?

Former Collection Agency Executives Start Charity To Buy And Forgive Medical Debt

Bar code on debt collection letter violates federal law -3rd Circuit

Debt collection through sports betting winnings on hold

Sanchez Energy Files for Bankruptcy, Casualty of Commodity Price Volatility

US bankruptcy filings rose in July 2019 — what does that mean

Calif. High Court: Online Businesses Face Same Standard as Brick-and-Mortar Stores Under State Civil Rights Law

A troubling number of debt-laden ‘zombie consumers’ have been enabled by low interest rates, economists say

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Crossing Paths: The Intersection of Reverse Mortgages and Bankruptcy
Date: August 15, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Twomey, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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The senior population of the United States is expected to grow rapidly over the next twenty years. Rather than enjoying their golden years, increasingly older Americans are struggling with less income, greater debt and insufficient retirement savings. The average amount of debt held by seniors has soared over the last decade. Many now rely on credit cards to cover their basic living expenses. Rising mortgage debt has compromised the use of home equity as a retirement nest egg. There are few easy solutions. Two tools available to seniors to combat financial distress are reverse mortgages and bankruptcy. Reverse mortgages allow seniors to tap their home equity to pay off outstanding debts or supplement monthly income. Bankruptcy provides an opportunity to obtain a fresh start by discharging certain debts or adjusting one’s financial affairs. The two options—reverse mortgages and bankruptcy—are not mutually exclusive.

Why You Should Attend: Learn how to best help your older clients by understanding the intersection between reverse mortgages and bankruptcy and when they can work together to prevent foreclosure or put a senior on more solid financial footing.

Criminal Justice Debts and Civil Fines in Bankruptcy
Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Twomey, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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For criminal justice debtors and those with civil fines, bankruptcy can be a powerful tool. It may eliminate the obligation to repay these debts or provide an orderly mechanism for repaying certain debts that cannot be discharged. Bankruptcy can also open the door to relief, such as expungement, record sealing, or restoration of a driver’s license, that may otherwise be unavailable due to outstanding debt. This webinar will provide an overview of the application of bankruptcy law to criminal justice debt and civil fines.

Why You Should Attend: Not all criminal justice debt and civil fines are created equally. Learn about the different kinds of criminal justice debt and civil fines, including which are dischargeable in bankruptcy and which are not.

Home Owner’s Association Fees and Bankruptcy
Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Lee Rowland, Esq., Christina Henry Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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The treatment of Homeowner’s Association Fees in bankruptcy is a complex question. Are they dischargeable in chapter 7 and chapter 13? Does Rule 3002.1 apply? Can underwater HOA liens be avoided? This webinar will answer these questions and more as we explore the treatment of HOA fees in bankruptcy.

Why You Should Attend: HOAs can be aggressive in attempting to collect their debt. You won’t want to miss this program which will discuss ways to reduce or eliminate HOA fees and liens through bankruptcy.

Top 20 Cases You Must Know for Your Bankruptcy Practice.
Date: October 17, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Henry Sommer, Esq., Nathan Juster, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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From projected disposable income and attorneys’ fees to bankruptcy court jurisdiction, this session will cover fundamental cases that you need to know.

Why You Should Attend: You must know the major guideposts to give your clients accurate advice. Make sure you are following these important cases and using them to your client’s benefit.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 8/06

Check out new consumer and bankruptcy beliefs below…

Bankruptcy Court Discusses Novel Argument Contesting Cram Down of Totally Unsecured Mortgage

Parties File Another Status Report in Trade Group Lawsuit Challenging CFPB Payday Loan Rule

Kraninger Holding the Line on CFPB Investigative Demands

“Clearly and Prominently:” Consumer Debt Settlement Disclosures in Wake of CFPB v. Freedom Debt Relief

Should Your Student Loans Really Be Cancelled?

Millennials delay buying homes because of student debt

Meet the lawyer who had $38,000 in student debt forgiven — he’s one of just 5% of applicants who did it

More people filed for bankruptcy per capita in these 5 states in July — and there was a 5% increase nationwide

7th Cir. Says ‘Costs’ Includes Collector’s Percentage Fee, Disagrees With 8th and 11th Circuits

Disclosure About Less Favorable Future Terms in Collection Letter Does Not Violate FDCPA, Says Missouri Court

California Appellate Court OKs Prejudgment Interest After Charge-off

Hospital converts unused PTO into student loan benefit for workers

New bill on students pledging future income ‘an open license for discriminatory financing’

Rhode Island ‘Student Loan Bill of Rights’ Becomes Law

6 companies that have filed for bankruptcy but you can still shop or eat at

Bankruptcy filings in Buffalo-Rochester rise 9.8% in July

Coal Workers Waiting On Paychecks After Company Declares Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy “Law and Order” Edition: Fifth Amendment and Bankruptcy
Date: August 8, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Edward Boltz, Esq., Hal Nemeth, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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To prevent malpractice, you need to know how to protect yourself and your client from potential criminal prosecution. This webinar will review the 5th amendment, its use in bankruptcy proceedings, and best practices.

Why You Should Attend: In the criminal bankruptcy system, people are instigated by separate two equally powerful groups: The UST, who investigates crime, and the U.S. attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories. Learn how and when you and your client are protected by the 5th Amendment in bankruptcy proceedings.

Crossing Paths: The Intersection of Reverse Mortgages and Bankruptcy
Date: August 15, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Twomey, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The senior population of the United States is expected to grow rapidly over the next twenty years. Rather than enjoying their golden years, increasingly older Americans are struggling with less income, greater debt and insufficient retirement savings. The average amount of debt held by seniors has soared over the last decade. Many now rely on credit cards to cover their basic living expenses. Rising mortgage debt has compromised the use of home equity as a retirement nest egg. There are few easy solutions. Two tools available to seniors to combat financial distress are reverse mortgages and bankruptcy. Reverse mortgages allow seniors to tap their home equity to pay off outstanding debts or supplement monthly income. Bankruptcy provides an opportunity to obtain a fresh start by discharging certain debts or adjusting one’s financial affairs. The two options—reverse mortgages and bankruptcy—are not mutually exclusive.

Why You Should Attend: Learn how to best help your older clients by understanding the intersection between reverse mortgages and bankruptcy and when they can work together to prevent foreclosure or put a senior on more solid financial footing.

Criminal Justice Debts and Civil Fines in Bankruptcy
Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Twomey, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

For criminal justice debtors and those with civil fines, bankruptcy can be a powerful tool. It may eliminate the obligation to repay these debts or provide an orderly mechanism for repaying certain debts that cannot be discharged. Bankruptcy can also open the door to relief, such as expungement, record sealing, or restoration of a driver’s license, that may otherwise be unavailable due to outstanding debt. This webinar will provide an overview of the application of bankruptcy law to criminal justice debt and civil fines.

Why You Should Attend: Not all criminal justice debt and civil fines are created equally. Learn about the different kinds of criminal justice debt and civil fines, including which are dischargeable in bankruptcy and which are not.

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 4/25

The consumer and bankruptcy headlines for today read…

These five charts show how bad the student loan debt situation is

U.S. Trustee Fees – one spreadsheet to rule them all…

How Do Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score?

The Age Four Out of Five Generations Agree Children Should Start Paying Their Own Student Loans

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Debt Collection Violations

Debt-to-Income Ratio for Student Loan Refinancing

Student loan debt forgiveness in 2020 race

Bankruptcy court approves resolution to help Reagor-Dykes customers

Timeshare Owners’ Coalition Issues Warning About Third-Party Exit Companies

“Text me $$$”: Debt collectors may soon be able to text and email consumers

Robocall Debt-Collection Exemption Struck Down (1)

Spring is Here and a Proposed Debt Collection Rule is Imminent

Supreme Court to Weigh Debt Collection Penalties Post-Bankruptcy

TCPA Debt Call Carveout Is Unconstitutional, 4th Circ. Says

Credit Unions May Have Willing Takers in Plea for Less Supervision

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Emerging Bankruptcy Technologies to Assist your Bankruptcy Practice
Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Rachel Foley Esq., Reed Almand, Esq. & James Haller Esq.
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Busy bankruptcy attorneys are bombarded with technology choices – all promising great rewards but many coming at great expense. Learn about different technologies that can make your practice more efficient in time and cost.

Why You Should Attend: What faster way is there to improve your bottom line than being more efficient while increasing accuracy!

Chapter 13 Plan Provisions: What Are They Good For?
Date: July 11, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Henry Sommer, Esq., O. Max Gardner III, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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Avoid having unwanted provisions forced upon you and getting non-standard provisions that you want.

Why You Should Attend: Stuck with a plan provision unfavorable to your client? Learn how to contest those provisions and get more favorable language added to the plan.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 4/23

Read today’s headlines featured below…

Bankruptcy Court Determines Redemption Value of Frankenstein Truck

6th Circ. Remands Casino Case After High Court Ruling

Woman at center of lawsuit slams debt collection company for ‘misrepresenting facts’ as hearing is postponed

District of New Jersey Denies Consumer’s Motion for Summary Judgment on FDCPA Claim

Court Denies PCAs’ Motion to Prevent Account Recall by Department of Education

New CFPB Rule Provides Enforceable Protections for Prepaid Cards

Homeowners Hurt by Mortgage Scam Seek Role in Ditech Bankruptcy

Elizabeth Warren Wants To Erase Most Student Loan Debt

Report: help ‘urgently’ needed to address growing student loan debt

1 in 4 young people dip into 401(k)s to pay off debt—here’s why that’s a problem

Trump-Appointed Official Promises Full Push to Overhaul Plumbing of Mortgage Market

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Aim To Ease Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Rules

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Emerging Bankruptcy Technologies to Assist your Bankruptcy Practice
Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Rachel Foley Esq., Reed Almand, Esq. & James Haller Esq.
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Busy bankruptcy attorneys are bombarded with technology choices – all promising great rewards but many coming at great expense. Learn about different technologies that can make your practice more efficient in time and cost.

Why You Should Attend: What faster way is there to improve your bottom line than being more efficient while increasing accuracy!

Chapter 13 Plan Provisions: What Are They Good For?
Date: July 11, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Henry Sommer, Esq., O. Max Gardner III, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

Avoid having unwanted provisions forced upon you and getting non-standard provisions that you want.

Why You Should Attend: Stuck with a plan provision unfavorable to your client? Learn how to contest those provisions and get more favorable language added to the plan.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 3/14

Take some time to read today’s consumer and bankruptcy headlines …

Consumer protection wanes under Trump, reports find

CFPB Supervisory Highlights looks at auto loan ancillary product refunds

Three Lessons for Debt Collectors from the CFPB’s Latest Supervisory Highlights: Amount Owed Accuracy, Disclosures, And Payment Dates

Fifth Circuit Judges Question CFPB Constitutional Worries

Passive Debt Buyers Beware: Third Circuit Broadens FDCPA Liability Under the ‘Principal Purpose’ Definition

Millennials are so buried in debt they can’t buy into American Dream of owning a home

Second Circuit Opinion Repeats Its Prior Ruling on Interest Disclosures Because of Continued Litigation on Already-Decided Issues

First Amendment Day At The Ninth Circuit: Court Hears Constitutional Challenge To The TCPA

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3002.1 A Mortgage Odyssey Workshop
Date: Thursday, March 21 AND Friday March 22, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM EST to 6:00 PM EST – BOTH DAYS
Cost: $99 Member / $149 Non Member
Presenters: Marc Dann, Esq., John Rao, Esq., Tara Twomey, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The Panel will discuss:

1) Introduction to 3002.1
a. Requirements for lenders
b. Forms that must be used
c. Information that must be disclosed
d. Changes to 3002.1 effective December 1, 2018

2) Use of 3002.1 in bankruptcy court to challenge fees and payment changes
a. Example cases and briefs
b. Results for clients and
c. Attorneys fees for debtor’s counsel

3) Use of 3002.1 along with other rules (e.g. Reg X) to bring suits against mortgage companies outside of bankruptcy court.
a. FDCPA
b. FCRA
c. TILA
d. RESPA

Why You Should Attend: You want to earn additional attorneys fees reviewing all of those mortgage payment changes. Join our panel to find out how.

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.
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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.
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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?

Emerging Bankruptcy Technologies to Assist your Bankruptcy Practice
Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Rachel Foley Esq., Reed Almand, Esq. & James Haller Esq.
Register HERE

Busy bankruptcy attorneys are bombarded with technology choices – all promising great rewards but many coming at great expense. Learn about different technologies that can make your practice more efficient in time and cost.

Why You Should Attend: What faster way is there to improve your bottom line than being more efficient while increasing accuracy!

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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 1/18

Before you settle into your weekend plans, read the following articles

Title Loans Aren’t Valid Deductions on Means Test Says Utah Bankruptcy Court

Elizabeth Warren Wants Wells Fargo to be Expelled From College Campuses

CFPB Defends Its Constitutionality to Ninth Circuit Panel: Will Kraninger Have a Change of Heart?

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Plans to “Undo the Harm Done” to the CFPB

9 Student Loan Tax Tips For 2019

34 Devastating Stories About How People Are Still Crushed By Medical Debt

Waiving or Forfeiting the Right to Arbitrate—Recent Cases Tackle Issue

Lack of Settlement Payment Due Date Raises Issues in E.D. Wisc., “Promptly” is Not Enough

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Our Prayer for the Blessed Resurrected Exemption: Invoking and Asserting Exemptions in Reopened Cases
Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Debrah DeMack Esq., Billy Brewer ESQ. & James Haller, Esq.
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The panel will discuss the law, procedures and give advice on how best to represent a client who has an omitted asset and needs to reopen their case. The panel will discuss the possible challenges to claiming exemptions including excusable neglect and share their documents and experience fighting them.

Why You Should Attend: We all have (or will have) clients that call us after a bankruptcy is closed with an omitted asset. We all need to know what the state of the law is and how to best protect your client and the missing asset.

Real Life and Real Mods After HAMP
Date: February 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: O. Max Gardner III Esq., James Haller, Esq. & Bobby Riveria.
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This webinar will cover:

  • The role of the following parties in the 2019 Mod World:
  • The GSE (Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie)
  • The Private Label Deals
  • Trustee
  • Master Servicer
  • Primary Servicer
  • Default Servicer
  • Non-Performing Loans and Hedge Funds
  • Review of Real SPS Deal
  • Targets
  • Waterfalls
  • Forbearance
  • Forgiveness
  • Balloons
  • Junk Fees
  • Loan Term
  • APR

Why You Should Attend: You need to know what options your clients have to modify their mortgages under existing law.

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 1/09

Midweek headlines read…

Banks With Most And Least Consumer Complaints Named In New Ranking

CFPB Finalizes Off-Balanced Approach to Public Disclosure of HMDA Data

CFPB Enters Into $15.5 Million Consent Order with Bank Over Stop Payment and Error Resolution Practices

Texas student loan debt among highest in US

Student Loan Outlook For 2019

Yes, you still need to pay your student loans during the shutdown — but you could hit some snags

And the award for worst student loan company goes to…

A couple lost their home to bankruptcy 14 years ago. They just got a demolition bill for $15,000

Debt Collector Granted Summary Judgment in $0.00 Line Itemization Case in the Northern District

New York Passes Law Addressing Collection of Decedents’ Debts

Supreme Court to Rule on Whether the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Applies to Nonjudicial Foreclosure Proceedings

Supreme Court debates the meaning of the term ‘debt collector’ in a foreclosure protections case dating back to the financial crisis

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They Did What?! The 2018 Case Law Year in Review
Date: January 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Henry Sommer, Esq., Tara Twomey, Esq., James Haller, Esq.
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The panel will discuss the major cases that occurred in 2018 and pending cases before the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal that may affect your bankruptcy practice.

Why You Should Attend: We all need to stay on top of the major decisions from 2018 and pending decisions which may change our practice and advice to clients. Make sure you are current and haven’t missed any important decisions.

Our Prayer for the Blessed Resurrected Exemption: Invoking and Asserting Exemptions in Reopened Cases
Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Debrah DeMack Esq., Billy Brewer ESQ. & James Haller, Esq.
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The panel will discuss the law, procedures and give advice on how best to represent a client who has an omitted asset and needs to reopen their case. The panel will discuss the possible challenges to claiming exemptions including excusable neglect and share their documents and experience fighting them.

Why You Should Attend: We all have (or will have) clients that call us after a bankruptcy is closed with an omitted asset. We all need to know what the state of the law is and how to best protect your client and the missing asset.

THE SCHEDULE FOR #NACBATheLand IS RELEASED!

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