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Economy, Pandemic Drove Up Bankruptcy Filings in 2023 With No Abatement Expected This Year

A look back at bankruptcy trends and litigation in 2023 reveals a spike in bankruptcy filings driven by economic factors and fallout from the pandemic while in upper courts several interesting cases were decided involving proofs of claim, stay violations, and discharge issues.

8th Cir. Affirms Use of Borrower’s Proposed Rate for Payments in Chapter 12 Bankruptcy

In an appeal involving a Chapter 12 bankruptcy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed that the borrower’s use of the 20-year treasury bond rate sufficiently ensured that the total present value of future payments to the lender over the plan period equaled or exceeded the allowed value of the claim.

7th Cir. Rejects Bankruptcy Trustee’s Challenges to Pre-Petition Sale of Debtor’s Debts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently rejected a bankruptcy trustee's avoidance and fraudulent transfer claims, holding that a debt purchase and sale agreement between a bankrupt debtor, its original creditor, and its new creditor was not avoidable because it did not qualify as a transfer of “an interest of the debtor in property.”

9th Cir. Holds Chapter 13 Trustee Not Entitled to Compensation When Case Dismissed Prior to Confirmation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a contrary trial court ruling and joined with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in holding that a Chapter 13 trustee is not entitled to a percentage fee of plan payments as compensation for her work in a Chapter 13 case when the case is dismissed prior to confirmation.

7th Cir. Reverses Denial of Bankruptcy Trustee’s Action to Recover Money Paid to Debt Collector

In a bankruptcy trustee's adversary action to recover money paid to a collection agency within 90 days prior to the filing of the debtor's bankruptcy petition, and pursuant to a previous garnishment order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed the ruling of a trial court denying the trustee's application.

2nd Cir. Holds FCRA Does Not Apply to Inaccuracies Involving Legal Disputes

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of a credit reporting agency and ruled that reporting a student loan debt that was discharged in bankruptcy as “due and owing” is not cognizable as an “inaccuracy” under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

3rd Cir. Excludes Home from Bankruptcy When Seller in Installment Sale Contract Obtained Possession Pre-Petition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that, because the home seller in an installment sale contract received a judgment of possession before the buyer filed for bankruptcy, the home was not part of the buyer’s bankruptcy estate.

4th Cir. Vacates Bankruptcy Civil Contempt Order Against Creditor, Holds Taggart Standard Applies  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that the "no fair ground of doubt" standard established by the Supreme Court of the United States in Taggart v. Lorenzen, a case involving alleged violation of a Chapter 7 discharge order, governed civil contempt proceedings for violation of a confirmed reorganization plan under Chapter 11.