Stay Informed With NACBA’s Latest Washington Update

Read the latest update from Washington, designed to keep NACBA members informed about significant and relevant activity on the part of Congress, regulatory agencies and interest groups/think tanks.

On The Hill The Senate unanimously approved legislation on September 8th by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) clarifying Congress’ intent to allow family farmers to more easily reorganize their finances when they fall on hard times. S. 1237 Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017 reiterates Congress’ earlier action to enable bankrupt family farmers reorganizing their debts to treat capital gains taxes owed to a governmental unit, arising from the sale of farm assets during a bankruptcy, as general unsecured claims.  It also removes the Internal Revenue Service’s veto power over a bankruptcy reorganization plan’s confirmation, giving the family farmer a chance to reorganize successfully.

On September 6th Senator Coons’ (D-DE) bill S. 1107, Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017, passed the Senate. The bill extends temporary bankruptcy judgeships and calls for a five-year extension for 14 temporary bankruptcy judgeships and will create four new bankruptcy judgeships. With this bill, Delaware will retain its one permanent bankruptcy judge, will receive extensions of its five temporary bankruptcy judges and will receive an additional two temporary bankruptcy judgeships for five years to handle the heavy caseload for the district, which is one of the busiest in the country.

Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) is pushing to have federal flood insurance reformed to avoid bankruptcy and to allow private insurance to run the program as opposed to the federal government. He wants to set flood insurance up so that the private market can come in and offer premiums and coverage at better prices than the federal government. Duffy agrees that helping Texas is the right thing to do, but warned continued subsidies to flood areas is not fiscally sound, and encouraged Congress to think about future disasters on the horizon.

In The Agencies On September 1st the Education Department has notified the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that it’s severing operating agreements with it, saying the regulatory body has “undermined” the mission to serve students and borrowers — particularly in its handling of student loan servicing issues. A copy of the letter notifying the CFPB of the decision was released Friday by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. It’s signed by A. Wayne Johnson, chief operating officer of the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid, and Kathleen Smith, acting assistant secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education, and dated Thursday. It is claimed that the CFPB is using its jurisdiction in areas that Congress never intended.

OTHER Following the recent Equifax breach, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, is calling on Equifax to immediately remove forced arbitration from all services offered to customers following a data breach that exposed 143 million Americans to identify theft. Equifax is currently touting free credit monitoring and identify protection services for victims of the breach through its TrustedID product. However, Equifax included forced arbitration clauses in the terms of use agreement customers must agree to when signing up for the services – effectively forcing victims of the breach to sign away their rights to seek access to court.

Feedback should be directed to Krista.DAmelio@NACBA.com


Bankruptcy News Briefs 4/12

From the Web: Household Debt Balances and Borrower Demographics Shift Since 2008

Debtor Established Valid Defense of Laches Against Creditor’s Motion to Dismiss under § 707(a)f

Credit Card Debt Surpasses $1 Trillion

CFPB Office of Consumer Response Provides Updated Complaint Trends in Annual Report


CFPB hearing proves consumer finances are at risk again

Consumer Complaints About Medical Debt Collectors, and How the CFPB Can Help

Consumer accuses Healthcare Receivables Group of improper debt collection practices

Betsy DeVos undoes Obama’s student loan protections

Rising Student Loan Debt Seen as Further Hurting Homeownership Rates

Argument preview: Court to consider application of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to debt buyers

Keep On Truckin’: Priority Rules Still Rule in Structured Dismissals

Bankruptcy judge shortage could ‘cripple’ Delaware

Consumers Slowly Getting Savvier About Finances

Foreclosures, Delinquencies Drop Year-Over-Yeau

Court Finds No Pro-Bank Bias From Judge in Foreclosure Case

A Glimpse Into the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal

Professor Jason Killborn


Everyone is talking about the newly appointed Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, but what does his appointment mean for bankruptcy cases? Read Professor Jason Killborn’s article, “What to Expect From Justice- To-Be Gorsuch on Bankruptcy,” where he discusses three bankruptcy cases and gives insight on what bankruptcy attorneys and their clients may expect from Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch in his tenure.

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Bankruptcy New Briefs 7/27


Midweek Headlines…

Equifax, Experian, TransUnion to Axe Some Debt Information from Consumer Credit Reports

Midland Credit Management, Inc. Settles Multidistrict TCPA Class Action

NCLC and 50 Groups File Petition with FCC to Stop Millions of Robocalls to Cell Phones

Unauthorized Transfers of Receivership Property: Void, Voidable or Ok?

Chapter 13 Plans are Just About Written in Stone



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