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Governor of New York Limits Power of Merchant Cash Advance Lenders to Use Confessions of Judgment

As a follow-up to our series of articles on the use of Merchant Cash Advances, we learned today that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last week aimed at preventing predatory lenders from using the state’s court system to seize the… Read More
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Seventh Circuit holds that a debtor's "contingent future interest" in tenancy by entireties property is not exempt.

In re Jaffe, 18-2726 (7th Cir. August 5, 2019), the Seventh Circuit held that a homeowner’s “contingent future interest” in an otherwise exempt form of home ownership – tenancy by the entireties – was not exempt and was instead… Read More
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Consumer Debt Rising

According to an article appearing today on the website for the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American middle class is falling deeper into debt to maintain a middle-class lifestyle. The ABI article is based upon a Wall Street Journal analys… Read More
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Chicago Appellate Court directs City of Chicago to release impounded vehicles when owner files Chapter 13 petition.

Seventh Circuit directs City of Chicago to release impounded vehicles and affirms holding in Thompson. Read More
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Notable parallels between the 2008-2009 financial crisis and today's high-risk alternative lending sector

This week, the American Bankruptcy Institute posted an article (which is reprinted below) identifying a growing trend that may impact a large sector of the economy: alternative lenders making risky loans. As many know, the 2008-2009 meltdown en… Read More
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Court rejects "sufficiently rooted" test and holds bankruptcy estate does not include portion of bonus earned from prepetition employment

In In re Brown, Case No. 18-81242 (Bankr. C.D. Ill. May 9, 2019), Judge Perkins of the Central District of Illinois, concluded that property of the estate did not include that portion of a debtor’s annual bonus payable after the petition d… Read More
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The Small Business Reorganization Act

Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee reintroduced the Small Business Reorganization Act (SB 1091). SB 1091 is intended to streamline the process for small businesses (those with debts less than $2,566,050) that wish to use Chapter 11 to r… Read More
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Money inherited more than 180 days after petition date belongs to Chapter 13 bankruptcy estate

In Moore, the bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of Tennessee joined a majority of courts and held that money inherited outside of the 180 day window set forth in § 541 was still property of the chapter 13 estate.  In the Moore case, th… Read More
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The Absolute Priority rule is alive and well for Chapter 11 cases

I. Explanation of absolute priority rule Consumer debtors that do not qualify for protection under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, are left with filing under Chapter 11, where they will come face-to-face with the absolute priority… Read More
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5 Mortifying Reasons Mortgage Applications End Up in the 'Reject' Pile

An interesting article in Realtor.com explains why mortgage applications are sometimes denied.  According to the article a recent Federal Reserve study concluded that one out of every eight home loan applications (12%) ends in a rejection.  T… Read More
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