Originally appearing in USA Today on May 9, 2023, Hanna Horvath and Jenn Jones quotes John Rao in coverage of the impact of medical debt on consumers and whether bankruptcy can help. “It’s not just about the actual medical bill. It’s also all the other bills that can’t get paid while you deal with medical…
Amicus Brief from Public Citizen, NCLC, and NACA in Support of Respondent in LAC Du Flambeau v. Coughlin Supreme Court Case
NCLC and NACA joined an amicus brief prepared by Public Citizen in the Supreme Court case of Lac Du Flambeau v. Coughlin. The issue presented by the case is whether the Bankruptcy Code can abrogate the sovereign immunity of Native American tribes.
Published 12/12/2022; Updated 3/7/23 A new Guidance from the Department of Justice (Department), issued in coordination with the Department of Education (Education), has the potential to change bankruptcy practice dramatically. Until now, attorneys have not thought of bankruptcy as a way to help clients struggling with student loan debt. If the Guidance is implemented as…
Digital Library: New Supreme Court Ruling–When Is a Bankruptcy Debtor on the Hook for Partner’s Fraud?
On February 22, the Supreme Court in Bartenwerfer v. Buckley, 2023 WL 2144417 (U.S. Feb. 22, 2023), held that a debt incurred by business partners and obtained by fraud may not be discharged in bankruptcy even when the debtor is an innocent partner who did not commit the fraud. One can expect bankruptcy creditors to try…
The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has selected Tara Twomey to serve as Director of the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) at the Department of Justice. “The United States Trustee Program plays a critical role in ensuring the fairness of the bankruptcy process — including by providing impartial oversight and protecting…
January 19, 2023
This webinar will help legal aid attorneys evaluate their clients’ chances of obtaining an undue hardship discharge and discuss how the new process will work. It is intended for staff at legal services and pro bono programs.