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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 11/06

New consumer and bankruptcy headlines read…

California utility meets with governor amid bankruptcy case

Forever 21 Cuts Number of Store Closures Planned in Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy filings in Hawaii reach highest level in 5 years

Young Hollywood’s Student Loan Crisis: “There Are People Just Struggling to Survive”

17 Tips for Baby Boomers To Tackle Their Student Debt

CFPB and states file action against student loan debt relief companies and individual owners and managers

What It Means to Be a Debt Collector After ‘Obduskey’ Ruling

The State of Collections: TransUnion and Aite Group Release Report, Outline Challenges and Present Optimistic Future

How I Ditched Debt: From ‘Extravagantly Broke’ to Comfortably Frugal

Americans Have Enough Credit to Buy Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook

CFPB Gets $59M Judgment In Mortgage Relief Services Suit

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Defense of Section 523 Adversary Proceedings
Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Salinas, Esq., William Brewer Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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The panel will primarily focus on Sections 523(a)(2), (4) and (6) and Section 1328(a)(4), awards of attorney 7s fees under Section 523(d); defending collateral estoppel effect of pre-bankruptcy default judgments; Rules 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss under Ashcroft v Iqbal.

Why You Should Attend: You need to know how to properly defend a dischargeability proceeding and get paid for your work.  Everyone has to defend against dischargeability complaints by creditors.  The information in this workshop will be invaluable to prepare your defense.

Robin Hood and His Merry Bankruptcy Attorneys: How to Recover Wage Garnishments as Preferential/Fraudulent Transfers for your clients and get paid for doing it.
Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: David Gunn, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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The panel will discuss the law and practice of recovering wage garnishments as fraudulent transfers and the potential to request additional attorneys fees for a recovery.

Why You Should Attend: You want to make additional income in cases where your clients have been garnished. This session will discuss how and when to recover garnished funds and get paid.

Consumer Bankruptcy Watch: What’s Hot in Consumer Bankruptcy Law Today
Date: December 5, 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 cover the latest hot topic in consumer bankruptcy law, including any pending cases before the Supreme Court and important Court of Appeals cases to watch.

Why You Should Attend: Don’t be the last to know what issues are coming next to a court near you. Find out what to expect by learning about the trends and case law are working their through the courts.

Means Test Game Show: Is it income or an expense?
Date: December 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Jenny Doling, Esq., Marybeth Ausbrooks, Esq., Gene Melchionne Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
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Join our holiday panel for a game show quiz focusing on allowable or required income and expenses. You can’t lose even if you get the answers wrong..

Why You Should Attend: Ask yourself these questions. Is a withdrawal from a 401k income that should push your client into a five year plan? Is a 401k contribution a permissible expense? Is child support that isn’t received income? Is child support that is not being paid an expense? Your client wants to claim $900.00 in pet expenses for 8 pets. Is that expense ridiculous? Can you justify it? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Come join us!

NACBA’s 28th Annual Convention Planning Committee is looking for your star idea! If you would like to join NACBA at the Hollywood convention as a featured presenter, we are soliciting proposals for general and breakout session topics that focus on the convention theme. Current NACBA members are invited to submit their proposals for speakers/topics no later than November 29, 2019 using the provided link below.

Submit Presentation Info HERE: https://www.nacba.org/call-for-presentations/

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 10/29

Check out the following headlines…

Citrone’s Discovery Urges Frontier Bankruptcy to Preserve Value

Narrow Bankruptcy Reforms Make Big Changes for Small Business, Vets, Farmers

9 Charleston-area Subway restaurants close as part of franchisee’s bankruptcy filing

Bankruptcy Doesn’t Require Return of Repo’d Car: Third Circuit

Owners of Brooklyn Properties Who Settled for Tenant Harassment Files for Bankruptcy

Multiple Factors to Drive Increase in Family Farmer Bankruptcy Filings

Expect These Student Loan Changes In 2020

How Real Estate Can Replace Student Debt With A Promising Post-Grad Position

More employers offer workers help paying off student loans

Consumer Protection Law firm’s attempt to collect debts did not violate FDCPA

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Defense of Section 523 Adversary Proceedings
Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Salinas, Esq., William Brewer Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The panel will primarily focus on Sections 523(a)(2), (4) and (6) and Section 1328(a)(4), awards of attorney 7s fees under Section 523(d); defending collateral estoppel effect of pre-bankruptcy default judgments; Rules 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss under Ashcroft v Iqbal.

Why You Should Attend: You need to know how to properly defend a dischargeability proceeding and get paid for your work.  Everyone has to defend against dischargeability complaints by creditors.  The information in this workshop will be invaluable to prepare your defense.

Robin Hood and His Merry Bankruptcy Attorneys: How to Recover Wage Garnishments as Preferential/Fraudulent Transfers for your clients and get paid for doing it.
Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: David Gunn, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The panel will discuss the law and practice of recovering wage garnishments as fraudulent transfers and the potential to request additional attorneys fees for a recovery.

Why You Should Attend: You want to make additional income in cases where your clients have been garnished. This session will discuss how and when to recover garnished funds and get paid.

Consumer Bankruptcy Watch: What’s Hot in Consumer Bankruptcy Law Today
Date: December 5, 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.
Register HERE

The panel will cover the latest hot topic in consumer bankruptcy law, including any pending cases before the Supreme Court and important Court of Appeals cases to watch.

Why You Should Attend: Don’t be the last to know what issues are coming next to a court near you. Find out what to expect by learning about the trends and case law are working their through the courts.

Means Test Game Show: Is it income or an expense?
Date: December 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Jenny Doling, Esq., Marybeth Ausbrooks, Esq., Gene Melchionne Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

Join our holiday panel for a game show quiz focusing on allowable or required income and expenses. You can’t lose even if you get the answers wrong..

Why You Should Attend: Ask yourself these questions. Is a withdrawal from a 401k income that should push your client into a five year plan? Is a 401k contribution a permissible expense? Is child support that isn’t received income? Is child support that is not being paid an expense? Your client wants to claim $900.00 in pet expenses for 8 pets. Is that expense ridiculous? Can you justify it? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Come join us!

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 10/11

This Friday’s headlines read…

Estate Debt Coalition Responds to CFPB’s NPRM on Debt Collection Practices with Focus on Decedent Debt

CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report Contains Some, But Not Much, Information About Debt Collection

CA enacts law prohibiting postsecondary schools from withholding transcripts as debt collection tool

Employers Try a New Perk: Matching Student Loan Payments With 401(k) Contributions

Black women bear largest burden in student debt crisis

Joe Biden: Here’s My $750 Billion Plan To Fix Student Loans

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CFPB Gives Lenders a Break on Mortgage Data Reporting

Bankruptcy judge complicates PG&E’s Ch. 11 plan

‘Dirt for Debt’ in Bankruptcy Plans of Reorganization

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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.

Defense of Section 523 Adversary Proceedings
Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: Tara Salinas, Esq., William Brewer Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The panel will primarily focus on Sections 523(a)(2), (4) and (6) and Section 1328(a)(4), awards of attorney 7s fees under Section 523(d); defending collateral estoppel effect of pre-bankruptcy default judgments; Rules 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss under Ashcroft v Iqbal.

Why You Should Attend: You need to know how to properly defend a dischargeability proceeding and get paid for your work.  Everyone has to defend against dischargeability complaints by creditors.  The information in this workshop will be invaluable to prepare your defense.

Robin Hood and His Merry Bankruptcy Attorneys: How to Recover Wage Garnishments as Preferential/Fraudulent Transfers for your clients and get paid for doing it.
Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST
Cost: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Presenters: David Gunn, Esq. & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The panel will discuss the law and practice of recovering wage garnishments as fraudulent transfers and the potential to request additional attorneys fees for a recovery.

Why You Should Attend: You want to make additional income in cases where your clients have been garnished. This session will discuss how and when to recover garnished funds and get paid.

Consumer Bankruptcy Watch: What’s Hot in Consumer Bankruptcy Law Today
Date: December 5, 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.
Register HERE

The panel will cover the latest hot topic in consumer bankruptcy law, including any pending cases before the Supreme Court and important Court of Appeals cases to watch.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs- 10/02

Get over the mid-week blues with these headlines…

Old and Cold Offshore Asset Protection Trust Assets Not Reachable by U.S. Creditors

3 reasons Forever 21 went bankrupt

Drugmakers want to join Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy to settle US opioid suits

CFPB Announces Additions to Executive Team

The Seven-Year Auto Loan: America’s Middle Class Can’t Afford Its Cars

Appellate Veterans Jockey at SCOTUS to Contest Consumer Bureau

New SCOTUS petition: CFPB enforcement must be undone if agency is unconstitutional

Sen. Brown Demands Answers From CFPB On Why Funds Were Not Returned To Harmed Consumers

Kraninger as CFPB Sheriff and the Potential Impact of the 2020 Presidential Election

Del. Judge Latest To Ax Gov’t Robocall Exemption From TCPA

Despite Holding the TCPA’s Government Debt Exemption is Unconstitutional, the District of Massachusetts Permits Class Claims to Move Forward

4 Things to Never Give a Debt Collector Over the Phone

Debt Collectors Target Consumers of Color, People Making Less Than $50K

1 in 4 millennials are keeping a money secret from their partner

Gov. Raimondo Ceremonially Signs Student Loan Bill Of Rights

Minnesota woman’s ‘bizarre and surreal’ decades-long student loan dispute

Crises Collide: Low Teacher Pay Intensifies Student Loan Debt Crisis for Educators

NY AG leading charge to stop proposal allowing debt collectors to use social media

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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.
Register HERE

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.

 

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 9/27

NACBA Now is back from a brief break! Read the latest consumer news…

“Case Bites: Interesting Issues and Decisions from This Week’s Cases”

“7th Circuit Explains Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction to Address Tax Claims”

Flacco-affiliated firm and Sinclair Broadcasting among investors in bankrupt Baltimore meal kit company

The week in bankruptcies: Venture group, construction firm file for protection

PG&E Bondholders Boost Proposed Investment in Bankrupt Utility to $29.2 Billion

Bankruptcy Court Stops Medicare from Recouping Monies Owed by Provider

Student Loan Defaults Are Down, That’s The Good News

Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Student Loans For Morehouse Parents

Surprise twist in CFPB Supreme Court drama: FHFA plaintiffs want starring role

CFPB Settlement Skimped On Restitution, Dem Senator Says

These Three Student Loan Scams Won’t Stop Plaguing Borrowers

Houston couple accuses medical group of unfair debt collection practices

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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.
Register HERE

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.
Register HERE

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.

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.
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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.

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 6/20

Don’t miss the following consumer and bankruptcy news…

From the Top in Brief: Nonjudicial Foreclosure Not Regulated by the FDCPA

How 2020 presidential candidates would address ‘albatross’ of student debt

Second Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Code’s Fraudulent Transfer Recovery Provisions Can Reach Foreign Transferees

Bipartisan House bill seeks to mitigate student loan debt for young farmers

Why student-loan forgiveness is making primary care more attractive

Lawsuit alleges the government is illegally garnishing tax refunds of student-loan borrowers

U.S. consumer debt is now breaching levels last reached during the 2008 financial crisis

Here’s what you should be doing in your 20s, 30s and 40s to retire wealthy, says money expert

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Advanced Topics in Chapter 13 Online Workshop
Date: June 20, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM EST – 6:00 PM EST
Cost: $99 Member / $149 Non Member
Presenters: Trish Mayer Esq., Summer Shaw, Esq. & James Haller Esq.
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This panel is in response to the statement, “teach me something I didn’t know.” Designed for attorneys who are already seasoned or strive to be, the program will give participants new and innovative weapons with which to assist their clients.

  • Small Business Ch. 13 Issues
  • Business debtor’s reporting and accounting
  • Valuing a sole proprietorship and “collapsing” the business entity
  • Early withdrawal tax penalties as non-priority claims
  • Election of short tax year to create pre-petition tax debt in a chapter 7
  • 1099-C issues
  • Proper application of prior-case payments in refiled chapter 13 cases
  • “How to” lien strip an unsecured mortgage, including service and discharge issues

Why You Should Attend: Chapter 13 is easy. Its just filling out a bunch of forms and handing them (and the debtor) to the Trustee. WRONG! Chapter 13 is more complicated and offers more opportunities for the creative and aggressive attorney than any other bankruptcy. Find out how to be that attorney, so that your competition doesn’t steal all of your potential clients.

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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