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Bankruptcy News Briefs 10/27

Headlines Leading Into the Weekend…

Different State Laws Make for Different Treatment of Lease vs. Security Agreement Issue

CFPB Issues Principles on Financial Data Sharing

Tax Relief for Farmer Bankruptcies Clears Congress

SCOTUS Considers Standard of Review on Bankruptcy Insider Claims

Debtor’s ‘Spend-Money-to-Make-Money Scheme’ Backfires With IRS

From the Web: Students Face ‘Tough Options’ after Perkins Loan Program Expires

Trustee’s Complaint for Fraudulent Transfer Against University for Tuition Paid by Debtors for Daughter Dismissed

IRS Barred From Challenging Confirmed Chapter 11 Plan

Court Rejects Debt Collector’s Bid for Second Bite at the Apple

Americans are already showing signs of maxing out on debt

Eleventh Circuit Narrows Application of Judicial Estoppel

Register for November’s Webinar!

How to Introduce an Appraiser’s Testimony and Appraisal as Evidence in Bankruptcy Court

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Eastern
Presented By: James J. Haller, Esq.
Cost:  $25 Member / $75 Non Member
Register: HERE

What’s New at NACBA?

 It’s The End of the Month Renew Your Membership for a Chance to Win 2 Great Resources!

Renew your NACBA membership this month for a chance to be entered to win not one but 2 amazing resources! Here’s what you can win!

  • NCLC’s Quick Guide to Federal Evidence and Objections(value $35). An essential practice tool for federal (and even state) court litigation, facilitating objection by rule number, and including common objections and motions at every stage of a case.
  • In addition to the Quick Guide to Evidence, winners will also receive the guide inside a NACBA logo portfolio (value $50). This portfolio even includes a protective space for your tablet!

Just renew your membership for a chance at winning!  Two (2) winners will be chosen at random each month.

Save The Date!

 

  • Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver! Registration opens November 13,2017!
  • NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! 
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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  A vote in Senate on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration regulation is imminent. Republican leaders are considering whether to bring to the Senate floor a bill that would kill the arbitration regulation finalized by the CFPB this summer using a special legislative tool that allows them to avoid a Democratic filibuster if they act within 60 legislative days of implementation. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) are cosponsors of the legislation in the Senate. The debate comes three weeks after a public outcry compelled the Atlanta-based Equifax to quickly drop so-called forced arbitration language from the terms of service of the free credit monitoring service it was offering its customers after its massive data breach. The House of Representatives already passed a “resolution of disapproval” to revoke the CFPB’s arbitration rule. A total of 23 Senate Republicans filed a resolution at the end of July to rescind the CFPB rule. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has promised to fight to keep the rule.

IN THE AGENCIES On September 14th, Clifford White, Director of the Executive Office of the U.S. Trustees addressed the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees at the 35th Annual Convention. He discussed topics that included chapter 7 trustees, guidance on natural disasters, marijuana assets, and stale debt claims—to name a few. Amongst things he noted for natural disaster guidelines were: the US Trustee Program (USTP) will not take enforcement action against debtors who are unable to file or produce documents required by the Code as a result of a natural disaster, if they otherwise are eligible for relief; USTP will not move to dismiss under the “means test” if income loss, increased expenses, or other consequences of a natural disaster constitute “special circumstances” sufficient to rebut the presumption of abuse; and even if conditions do not justify a United States Trustee granted statutory waiver of the credit counseling requirements for a district, USTP will exercise prosecutorial discretion in considering whether to take action to dismiss the case of a debtor who, as a result of a natural disaster, experiences difficulty in obtaining a credit counseling certificate or whose filing was delayed beyond the 180-day period following the debtor’s receipt of credit counseling.

The Federal Trade Commission launched a web page highlighting the work of the agency’s new Military Task Force, which is aimed at identifying the needs of military consumers and developing initiatives to empower servicemembers, veterans, and their families, including through law enforcement actions. The Military Task Force, comprised of a cross-section of agency representatives, is part of the FTC’s ongoing and collaborative effort to provide resources for the military community. Servicemembers, like all consumers, are potential targets for fraudsters. Certain scams are more likely to target the military community because those families may relocate frequently and because many service members are living on their own and earning a paycheck for the first time.

FROM THE INTEREST GROUPS Following the U.S. Trustee Program’s recently issued guidelines for natural disasters mentioned above, NACBA and NCLC wrote a joint letter urging for stronger relief for bankruptcy debtors in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico proportionate to the serious problems those hurricane victims are now facing. Specifically, NACBA and NCLC request USTP approve a waiver of credit counseling requirements in the areas of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

OTHER A report was recently published that analyzed issues of bankruptcy and race in America. Interested parties can access the report online.

 

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

Bankruptcy News Briefs 9/15

Headlines Closing Out the Week…

From the Web: Senate Bill Includes Revival of Pell Grant Eligibility

Senator Warren introduces Equifax bill, launches industry probe

Credit Card Debt Continues to Approach Post-Recession Highs

Court Sanctions Plaintiff’s Attorney a Second Time in FDCPA Case

How the CFPB Should Respond to Equifax

Casino failed to Show that Debtor’s Gambling Debt Arose as a Result of Willful and Malicious Conduct

Senate bill calls for free credit freezes after Equifax breach

State Bill Would Stop Debt Collectors From Emptying Bank Accounts

Trustees’ Role in Changes to Model Plans Unfair to Creditors

Ponzi Lost Profits Paid Before Late-Filed Claims for Principal

Gambler Loses at Tables, Wins in Bankruptcy Court

Don’t miss NACBA’s 2017 Hill Day at Home October 16- October 20, 2017. Hill Day at Home allows NACBA members to meet with federal lawmakers, grow and maintain working relationships with Congressional offices, and have a lasting impact on bankruptcy policymaking, all without leaving the comfort of your state. Meetings will be arranged for you, some taking place in local House and Senate district offices and some being held over the phone with bankruptcy staffers in D.C.

Please sign into your NACBA Member Account to Register now for Hill Day at Home!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Upcoming Webinar!

DATE: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:00 PM Eastern to 4:15 PM Eastern
PRESENTED BYEdward C. Boltz, Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, PC; Durham, N.C. and Jody Bledsoe, Chapter 13 Trustee; New Bern, NC
COST: $25 Member / $75 Non-Member
REGISTERHERE
NACBA Events
  • Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver!
  • NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! Visit Havana, Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas while learning with NACBA! Registration is open!

Bankruptcy News Briefs 9/14

Thursday’s Headlines…

Court Sanctions Plaintiff’s Attorney a Second Time in FDCPA Case

CFPB Report Highlights Debt Collection Issues; Collectors AND Creditors Should Take Note

In Chapter 7 IRA Exemption Protects Funds even if not Rolled Over

CFPB Releases Latest Supervisory Highlights Report

Consumer Spending on the Rise While Savings Rate Declines

No Jurisdiction over Appeal of District Court Vacation of Confirmation Order

9th Circuit Tackles Arbitration Involving State-Sponsored Debt Collection

Debt collector accused of violating federal law

FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

Debtor Who failed to Disclose $5,000 in Lockbox Received Discharge since UST Failed to Show Requisite Intent

Record Household Debt Limits GDP Growth Going Forward (Article 8 Of 10)

Collection of Periodic Mortgage Payments Does Not Violate the Discharge Injunction

BAP says District’s Model Chapter 13 Plan did Not Exceed the Bankruptcy Court’s Rule-Making Authority

 

Don’t miss NACBA’s 2017 Hill Day at Home October 16- October 20, 2017. Hill Day at Home allows NACBA members to meet with federal lawmakers, grow and maintain working relationships with Congressional offices, and have a lasting impact on bankruptcy policymaking, all without leaving the comfort of your state. Meetings will be arranged for you, some taking place in local House and Senate district offices and some being held over the phone with bankruptcy staffers in D.C.

Please sign into your NACBA Member Account to Register now for Hill Day at Home!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Upcoming Webinar!

DATE: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:00 PM Eastern to 4:15 PM Eastern
PRESENTED BYEdward C. Boltz, Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, PC; Durham, N.C. and Jody Bledsoe, Chapter 13 Trustee; New Bern, NC
COST: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
REGISTERHERE
DATE: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 4:00 PM Eastern to 4:45 PM Eastern
PRESENTED BYJames Haller, Esq., Sulaiman Law Group Ltd. Chicago, IL
COST: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
REGISTERHERE

NACBA Events

  • Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver!
  • NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! Visit Havana, Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas while learning with NACBA! Registration is open!

Bankruptcy New Briefs 9/12

Stay Informed…Check out Today’s Headlines…

Consumer Borrowing Turns Around in July

From the Web: ‘Equifax Breach May Kill Repeal of CFPB Mandatory Arbitration Rule’

9th Circuit Opinion Highlights Right to Cure Provision in California’s Rosenthal FDCPA

Statement of National Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney Chi Chi Wu on the Equifax Data Breach that Affected 143 Million Consumers

Debtor’s Concerns about her future Income and the Distribution of her Non-exempt Assets in chapter 7 proceeding were Not Special Circumstances within the meaning of § 707(b)(2)(B)

Chapter 13 Debtors Could Modify their Plan in order to Defer Payment of Arrears Beyond Initial Plan Term Since it was Within 60-month Period Mandated by Section 1329

Debtor’s Law Firm had to Disgorge Attorney’s Fees Where it Improperly “Unbundled” its Services and Created Conflicts with Client

TCF Bank Sees Partial Ruling In Its Favor In Overdraft Fees Case Lodged by CFPB

Shindler & Joyce accused of misrepresentation in debt collection

Consumers piled on credit card debt in second quarter

Does The Fair Credit Reporting Act Preempt State-Law Claims For Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices?

Don’t miss NACBA’s 2017 Hill Day at Home October 16- October 20, 2017. Hill Day at Home allows NACBA members to meet with federal lawmakers, grow and maintain working relationships with Congressional offices, and have a lasting impact on bankruptcy policymaking, all without leaving the comfort of your state. Meetings will be arranged for you, some taking place in local House and Senate district offices and some being held over the phone with bankruptcy staffers in D.C.

Please sign into your NACBA Member Account to Register now for Hill Day at Home!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Upcoming Webinar!

DATE: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:00 PM Eastern to 4:15 PM Eastern
PRESENTED BYEdward C. Boltz, Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, PC; Durham, N.C. and Jody Bledsoe, Chapter 13 Trustee; New Bern, NC
COST: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
REGISTERHERE
DATE: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 4:00 PM Eastern to 4:45 PM Eastern
PRESENTED BYJames Haller, Esq., Sulaiman Law Group Ltd. Chicago, IL
COST: $25 Member / $75 Non Member
REGISTERHERE

NACBA Events

  • Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver!
  • NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! Visit Havana, Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas while learning with NACBA! Registration is open!

Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/25

Let’s Wrap Up the Week…

New Law Outlines Requirements for Debt Buyers in Oregon

OCC Rejects ‘Tactics and Goals’ of Operation Choke Point

CFPB Director’s Op-Ed ‘Disregards’ Facts on Effects of Arbitration Rule

‘White Lies’ Can’t Prevent Debtor’s Bankruptcy Discharge

Group sues Lowell court over debt collection practices

CFPB Calls for Court to Stop Order Against DOE’s Collection on Defaulted Loans

Damages for Copyright Violation Can’t Be Wiped Out in Bankruptcy

DC Cir. Confirms Mediation Not Required Prior to Judicial Foreclosure

Long Arms of the CFPB Don’t Exclude Healthcare Providers

CFPB Sides with ED in RFP Litigation and the Court’s Preliminary Injunction Prohibiting New Placements

American Express Settles With CFPB on Discriminatory Card Terms

Regulators, consumers target student debt servicer Navient

Ferguson VS Navient

Read the Transcript for Ferguson vs Navient. This is a new area of law dealing with those types of student loans that are not automatically excepted from discharge. It shows that debtors who went through bankruptcy years ago with dischargeable student loans and have been hounded into repaying these discharged loans have a remedy for relief and punitive sanctions.  Submitted by Austin Smith.

Renew Your Membership  For a Chance to Win This Great Resource!

It’s a new month and that means when you renew your membership in July you are automatically entered to win a copy of NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice Volume I & II, Eleventh Edition (Value $130). Two winners will be selected at random each month.

Hot Off the Press! Read the Summer Edition of the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal!

We have a special President’s Report in this quarter’s Consumer Bankruptcy Journal. NACBA’s President Jim Haller had the pleasure of honoring several distinguished members of NACBA at the 25th Annual Convention. Each year we honor members and key allies for their extraordinary service. Take a moment to review the President’s Report and the awards that were given to our incredible recipients!

Exciting Upcoming Events!

Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver!

NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! Visit Havana, Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas while learning with NACBA! Registration is open!

What’s Happening in DC? Find Out In Today’s Washington Update

NACBA Staff member, Krista D’Amelio gives us the latest update from Washington. Stay informed about significant and relevant activity on the part of Congress, regulatory agencies and interest groups/think tanks.

On The Hill On Tuesday, July 25 the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 111, a resolution to repeal the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule to restore consumers’ ability to join together and hold banks and lenders accountable in class action lawsuits when they break the law. The CFPB issued the arbitration rule on July 10, 2017, an effort to restrict banks and lenders’ use of forced arbitration — fine-print clauses in contracts for credit cards, bank accounts, and other financial products that prevent people from banding together to challenge fraud by big banks. Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) was the only Republican to vote no on H.J. Res. 111. A full list of recorded votes has been posted on the House Clerk website. The Senate is expected to vote on a similar bill filed as S.J Res. 47.

H.R. 3553 was introduced by Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) on July 28th to amend title 11 of the United States Code to increase the amount of compensation paid to chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for services rendered. Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) co-sponsored the bill and a summary is in progress.

In The Agencies The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state, and local authorities will convene a conference in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 2017, to help educate military consumers and train military attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and consumer protection officials to address consumer fraud and other issues that affect servicemembers and their families. This event follows the FTC’s recent successful Military Consumer Financial Workshop, held July 19 in San Antonio. More information can be found by visiting the FTC’s website.

FROM THE INTEREST GROUPS On August 1, 2017, the Economic Policy Institute released a fact sheet debunking industry claims that consumers recover more money in arbitration than class actions. They re-examined data from the CFPB study and found that the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank or lender $7,725 in arbitration. The EPI findings conclude that class actions return hundreds of millions to consumers, while forced arbitration only pays off for banks and lenders.

On July 13, 2017, Director of the U.S. Trustee Program Clifford White addressed the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees at their 52nd annual conference. During his speech, Director White spoke on issues including: marijuana assets in bankruptcy, stale debt claims, efforts to fight fraud and debt abuse, debtor education and the Department of Justice’s proposal for a uniform national chapter 13 plan. You can read Director White’s entire speech on the Department of Justice website.

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