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Less than the Least

Less than the Least

Covers crime and criminal justice (Stuntz), corporate governance, credit, and bankruptcy (Skeel), the culture wars, politics, literature and the arts, and other topics. By Professors David Skeel and William Stuntz.

https://www.law.upenn.edu/blogs/dskeel/
  • Feb 26

    Less than the Least

    Less than the Least
    This blog nearly didn’t begin.  Right after we first started talking about the blog four years ago, Bill got his cancer diagnosis.   Bill already had endured eight years of excruciating back problems, and…
  • Feb 26

    The Latest on Bill and his Work

    The Latest on Bill and his Work
    Here is a lovely article in the Boston Globe about Bill's rush to finish The Collapse of American Criminal Justice in the final months of his life.Adam Gopnik discusses Bill's book in some detail in the a New Yorker piece...
  • Feb 26

    Odds and Ends--2012

    Odds and Ends--2012
    In case anyone might be interested, here are a few recent op-eds and articles:Op-Eds:A recent op-ed on the mortgage settlements is here.An op-ed from the beginning of the contraception crisis (before the more recent…
Rank this Week: 4126

Bankruptcy Beach

Bankruptcy Beach

Covers bankruptcy from a creditor's point of view, focusing on developments in California and the Ninth Circuit. By Dean T. Kirby, Jr.

http://www.bankruptcybeach.com/
  • Feb 23

    Can't We All Just Even Give Up?

    Can't We All Just Even Give Up?
    Bankruptcy Judge Wallace of the Central District of California (Riverside Division), recently entered a Memorandum Decision which declined to approve the settlement of a dischargeability action filed by a finance company against a pro se…
  • Feb 12

    The Salazar Saga Continue

    The Salazar Saga Continue
     
  • Feb 12

    Would You Buy a Used Car From This Man?

    Would You Buy a Used Car From This Man?
    A recent unpublished decision by Bankuptcy Judge Mann of the Southern District of California is a good quick resource for briefing dischargeability actions in her courtroom.  In Whited v. Galindo, 2012 WL 345942 (Feb. 1, 2012), S.D. Cal.…
Rank this Week: 4693

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorney

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorney

Covers personal bankruptcy.

http://www.labankruptcyattorney.net
  • Oct 13

    Tax Savings with real estate

    Tax Savings with real estate
    Under our existing tax code, we are able to deduct the interest and property tax that we pay in any given year from our gross income. This is basically the federal government subsidizing the purchase of our homes, according to Jeff Lowe,…
  • Jan 11

    Justice Kagan

    Justice Kagan
    Supreme Court Justice Kagan delivered her first opinion ruling for a credit card company in a bankruptcy dispute. The court ruled 8-1, against a debtor who wanted to shield some income from his creditor by claiming a $471 monthly allowance…
  • Jan 8

    Wamu Bankruptcy Plan Rejected

    Wamu Bankruptcy Plan Rejected
    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has rejected Washington Mutual’s reorganization plan because it gave too much protection to the former executive of the bank. The judge further stated that the way the reorganization plan calls for doling out up…
Rank this Week: 3958

rkenneylaw

rkenneylaw

Covers Arizona bankruptcy and foreclosure law.. By Raymond A. Kenney.

http://blog.rkenneylaw.com
  • Sep 15

    How to obtain a Chapter 7 Discharge? Be Honest with the Trustee!

    How to obtain a Chapter 7 Discharge? Be Honest with the Trustee!
    When clients hire the Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC to assist them in the preparation of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case their preeminent goal is to obtain a discharge of their debts as quickly as possible. This is an objective which can…
  • Mar 28

    Careful steps to take when establishing a Trust.

    Careful steps to take when establishing a Trust.
    If after careful consideration you have determined that a Trust will help you properly effectuate your estate planning goals the following are some of the steps you will need to take in order to establish your Trust. Consultation with our…
  • Mar 21

    IS A TRUST RIGHT FOR ME?

    IS A TRUST RIGHT FOR ME?
    As an Estate Planning Attorney one of the questions that I am most frequently asked is:  Is a trust right for me? My answer invariably is: That depends on your personal situation. After our initial consultation you may decide that you have…
Rank this Week: 4004

Alvin Foreman Blog

Alvin Foreman Blog

Covers personal bankruptcy.

http://alvinforeman.com/blog/
  • Sep 12

    The Wrong Way To Declare Bankruptcy

    The Wrong Way To Declare Bankruptcy
    Here’s a hilarious video clip from The Office (one of my favorite television comedies), demonstrating the wrong way to declare bankruptcy: Related Posts: Bankruptcy Basics Videos Close Your Bank Accounts Before Filing Bankruptcy Do I…
  • Aug 24

    Close Your Bank Accounts Before Filing Bankruptcy

    Close Your Bank Accounts Before Filing Bankruptcy
    Here’s a valuable tip that I offer to my clients during our bankruptcy consultations: Close your checking and savings accounts if you also have outstanding loans at the same bank. Now, you may be thinking, “But I love my bank!  I’ve…
  • Jul 28

    Bankruptcy Basics Video

    Bankruptcy Basics Video
    I love documentaries.  It’s easier (and more entertaining) for me to learn something new by watching a video than by reading a book. So if you’re a visual learner like me and you’re interested in learning more about bankruptcy, check…
Rank this Week: 4395

Florida Collection Law Blog

Florida Collection Law Blog

Covers consumer, commercial, and medical debt collection in Florida. By Jorge M. Abril.

http://floridacollectionlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3917

Debtors' Advocate Blog

Debtors' Advocate Blog

Covers bankruptcy, credit scores and mortgages. By Kimberly A. Coleman.

http://debtorsadvocateblog.com/
  • Apr 8

    Should Filing Bankruptcy Be The Last Resort? Filing Bankruptcy Now Could Be Your Best Option

    Should Filing Bankruptcy Be The Last Resort? Filing Bankruptcy Now Could Be Your Best Option
    After I got off the phone with a prospective client, my law partner questioned me about something he had overheard me say to the prospect. Really he criticized me for telling the prospect that bankruptcy should be used as a … Continue…
  • Aug 24

    On My Way Back – Bankruptcy and Family Law Issue

    On My Way Back – Bankruptcy and Family Law Issue
    Hello everyone. I have been absent from posting on the blog for almost a month due to a death in my family but I will begin posting again regularly sometime this week. In fact, I am going to begin a series of blog articles on the intersection…
  • Jul 27

    More Individuals Qualify To File A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Than You Might Think

    More Individuals Qualify To File A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Than You Might Think
    There is a lot of misinformation out there as to who can and who cannot file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Some people will lead you to believe that since the passage of the new bankruptcy laws in 2005, only individuals … Continue reading ?
Rank this Week: 3699

Quincy, MA Bankruptcy Blog

Quincy, MA Bankruptcy Blog

Covers bankruptcy and means testing in Massachusetts. By Kara O'Donnell.

http://quincylegal.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 3985

California Foreclosure Blog

California Foreclosure Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure. By Jason S. Buckingham.

http://jasonbuckingham.activerain.com/
  • Jan 6

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid
    Happy (?) New Year everybody. First off, a toast: here's to getting out of the last decade. We had multiple bubble market bursts (lest we forget the dot-com burst of 2000-2001), and the US entered the world of post-terrorism (in)security. I…
  • Jan 6

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid
    Happy (?) New Year everybody. First off, a toast: here's to getting out of the last decade. We had multiple bubble market bursts (lest we forget the dot-com burst of 2000-2001), and the US entered the world of post-terrorism (in)security. I…
  • Jul 21

    Phoenix mini-bubble: (more) market manipulation

    Phoenix mini-bubble: (more) market manipulation
    AP put out a story yesterday about "bidding wars" that are affecting home values in the greater Phoenix area. The article states that in several markets throughout the country, prices on bank-owned homes are being inflated by a combination of…
Rank this Week: 3821

Tulsa Bankruptcy and Consumer Law

Tulsa Bankruptcy and Consumer Law

By F. Bennett Callicoat.

http://tulsabankruptcyandconsumerlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 3

    The Seven Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People* (a "How To" for Going Broke)

    The Seven Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People* (a "How To" for Going Broke)
    I'm old enough to remember Romper Room -- a kids show on TV back in the dark (as in "black and white") ages.  Romper Room had a regular segment called something like "Do Bee vs. Don't Bee" -- the idea being that you should be a "Do Bee"…
  • Oct 30

    Real Garnishment, Real Life: Can the Bank Really Take My Kid's Money?

    Real Garnishment, Real Life: Can the Bank Really Take My Kid's Money?
    Some clients were in the office and were consulting me about some business debts they'd personally guaranteed from a failed business. Facing the prospect of multiple lawsuits, they wanted to know if a bank could garnish their son's bank…
  • Sep 13

    Help! My Landlord told me to get out by tomorrow!

    Help! My Landlord told me to get out by tomorrow!
    “Help! My landlord has given me 48 hours to leave my apartment and I have no place to go!” Unfortunately, this was a real life plea I received just the other day. The man on the phone told me that he’d had a dispute with his landlord…
Rank this Week: 3871

New York Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

New York Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy and bankruptcy alternatives for individuals and businesses. By Starr & Starr, PLLC.

http://www.newyorkbankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Oct 17

    Will I Be Able to Keep My House if I File for Bankruptcy in New York - PART II?

    Will I Be Able to Keep My House if I File for Bankruptcy in New York - PART II?
    A common question we get from our clients and prospective clients in New York City, Nassau. Suffolk and Westchester Counties is whether they will be able to keep their homes if they file for personal bankruptcy.
  • Oct 8

    Will I Be Able to Keep My House in New York if I File for Bankruptcy in New York - PART I?

    Will I Be Able to Keep My House in New York if I File for Bankruptcy in New York - PART I?
    A common question we get from our clients and prospective clients in New York City, Nassau. Suffolk and Westchester Counties is whether they will be able to keep their homes if they file for personal bankruptcy. This is Part I of a two part…
  • Sep 24

    Using Bankruptcy to Stop Wage Garnishment in New York

    Using Bankruptcy to Stop Wage Garnishment in New York
    Many of our clients and prospective clients in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and other boroughs are facing the difficult situation of a wage garnishment and wonder if a personal bankruptcy filing could help. Just to review, a creditor with a…
Rank this Week: 5060

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Covers debt relief, bankruptcy, estate planning and elder law in Idaho.

http://www.integralawblog.com
  • Jun 16

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal
    Credit card companies are increasingly doing something they have historically refused to do -  cutting deals on delinquent accounts for substantially less than the amount owed, according to a recent article in the New York Times. …
  • Jun 5

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie
    According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in 2007 were related to a significant extent to medical bills.  Further, the really shocking statistic is that of those bankruptcies where medical…
  • May 6

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
Rank this Week: 4024

Bankruptcy Fraud Resource Center

Bankruptcy Fraud Resource Center

Covers news, commentary and analysis on bankruptcy fraud. By Wayne D. Holly.

http://bankruptcyfraud.typepad.com/bankruptcy_fraud_resource/
  • Mar 16

    Illinois farmer's wife sentenced to probation following guilty plea

    Illinois farmer's wife sentenced to probation following guilty plea
    Updating a story we reported here, Margaret Diekemper was sentenced to two years of probation and a $500 fine for her role in a bankruptcy fraud scheme in the Southern District of Illinois following a plea agreement reached with the…
  • Jan 18

    IRS bankruptcy fraud investigation leads to structuring charge

    IRS bankruptcy fraud investigation leads to structuring charge
    According to this Wisconsin State Journal article, Ismail Beciri was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with four counts of structuring financial transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements after a federal agents searched…
  • Jan 4

    Judicial Conference certifies to House bankruptcy fraud basis for judge's impeachment

    Judicial Conference certifies to House bankruptcy fraud basis for judge's impeachment
    In a previous post (here) we commented that the Judicial Conference of the United States had certified to the House of Representatives that impeachment proceedings may be warranted against U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteus (E.D.
Rank this Week: 2529

Bankruptcy Case Law

Bankruptcy Case Law

Features bankruptcy opinions from around the country. By Rachel Lynn Foley.

http://bankruptcycaselaw.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 2

    In re Booker, Case No. 08-42466

    In re Booker, Case No. 08-42466
    Court grants motion to dismiss pursuant to § 707(b)(3) based on totality of the circumstances of Debtors’ financial situation and bad faith. Court discusses standards applicable and the factors to consider under each of the two…
  • Mar 2

    In re Duvall, Case No. 08-20466

    In re Duvall, Case No. 08-20466
    Court found that the state court judgment, which was a default judgment rendered as a sanction for debtor’s failure to comply with discovery orders, was a judgment on the merits and, therefore, the doctrine of collateral estoppel was…
  • Feb 21

    CO General Insurance Company, et al. v. Ajene Edo No. 06-100

    CO General Insurance Company, et al. v. Ajene Edo No. 06-100
    Two questions are presented:1. Whether the Ninth Circuit's construction of "willfully" under section 1681n of FCRA impermissibly permits a finding of willfulness to be based upon nothing more than negligence, gross negligence, or a completely…
Rank this Week: 4484

Property of the Estate

Property of the Estate

Focuses on developments in the Northern District of Texas bankruptcy courts. By Rochelle & McCullough, LLP.

http://www.propertyoftheestate.com/
  • Jan 28

    Value Billing For The Bankruptcy Professional?

    Value Billing For The Bankruptcy Professional?
    Bloomberg has a story about $18.50 per minute legal services in some of the larger bankruptcies currently on file.  For those as bad at math as me, that is over $1000 an hour.  Nice work if you can get it.  The story does point out that…
  • Jan 27

    2009: Time to get Blogging (and Tweeting?)

    2009: Time to get Blogging (and Tweeting?)
    Jeez.  It's 2009 already.  Time to get moving on blogging for the bankruptcy litigation folks out there.  I suspect there will be plenty to keep us all busy this year (and the coming years, sadly).  Check back for more updates in the…
  • Sep 18

    Auditor Negligence Exception to In Pari Delicto

    Auditor Negligence Exception to In Pari Delicto
    On September 9, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Thabault v. Chait & PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 19227.  The opinion is an interesting read for a number of reasons,…
Rank this Week: 4947

ABI's BAPCPA Blog

ABI's BAPCPA Blog

Covers the implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) as its provisions are interpreted and applied by the courts. By Kyzyak Tropin & Throckmorton.

http://bapcpa.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 23

    Appeal of "Debt Relief Agency" Decision Dismissed for Lack of Standing

    Appeal of "Debt Relief Agency" Decision Dismissed for Lack of Standing
    Within hours after the main provisions of BAPCPA became effective on October 17, 2005, a Bankruptcy Court in Georgia issued a sua sponte order entitled "In re Attorneys at Law and Debt Relief Agencies" which determined that attorneys are not…
  • Oct 12

    Catching Up on BAPCPA Decision

    Catching Up on BAPCPA Decision
    A slow recovery from summer vacation has caused BAPCPA Blog to fall behind on our mission in keeping track of decisions interpreting the BAPCPA amendments. In the interest of getting current, we will be starting a new program: on a weekly…
  • Aug 18

    Another Partial Blow to Constitutionality of BAPCPA "Debt Relief Agency" Rule

    Another Partial Blow to Constitutionality of BAPCPA "Debt Relief Agency" Rule
    Another court has joined the fray in addressing the constitutionality of the BAPCPA provisions regulating "debt relief agencies." In Olsen v. Gonzales, Case No. 05-6365-HO (D. Or. 8/11/06), an Oregon District Court has held unconstitutional…
Rank this Week: 3284

Miami Bankruptcy Law Blog

Miami Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy law. By Jordan E. Bublick.

http://miamibankruptcylawblog.com
Rank this Week: 3065