Alabama & North Carolina: Squatter’s Rights On A Non-Uniform Bankruptcy System? (Siegel v. Fitzgerald)

Uniformity (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson This is bizarre: Back in the 1980s, federal politicians in Alabama and North Carolina carve out a special deal for themselves (their bankruptcy funding is by taxpayers), while all other 48 states have a different deal (bankruptcy funding is by debtor fees); andThis disparity persists in varying... Continue Reading →

Equitable Mootness Doctrine: Opposed At U.S. Supreme Court By 21 Law Professors (Hargreaves v. Nuverra)

Failing to perform their function (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson The doctrine of equitable mootness “is irreconcilable with” the “virtually unflagging obligation” of appellate courts “to exercise the jurisdiction given them.” --From Amicus Brief of 21 Bankruptcy Law Professors, in Hargreaves v. Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc., Case No. 21-17, U.S. Supreme Court (Petition... Continue Reading →

NCAA Loses At U.S. Supreme Court — Again! (NCAA v. Alston)

College Sports (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court orders the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) to stop limiting “education-related compensation or benefits” that schools provide to student athletes—any such limitation violates U.S. antitrust laws. [Fn. 1] This is not the first time the U.S. Supreme Court... Continue Reading →

Student Loans At US Supreme Court: A New Loss For Students / Win For U.S. Government (McCoy v. U.S.)

Brunner's "certainty of hopelessness" test? (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson “Petition DENIED” That’s the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, dated June 21, 2021, in McCoy v. United States (Case No. 20-886). The question in McCoy v. United States focuses on the test for discharging student loans in bankruptcy, under the “undue hardship”... Continue Reading →

Student Loans: U.S. Supreme Court Can Overrule A Harsh Rule (McCoy v. U.S.)

Brunner's "certainty of hopelessness" test? (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson One of the human tragedies of our time is this legal opinion: Brunner v. New York State Higher Education Services Corp., 831 F.2d 395 (2d Cir. 1987). Brunner creates a three-part test for discharging student loans in bankruptcy, under the “undue hardship” standard... Continue Reading →

Alabama & North Carolina — A Bankruptcy World Of Their Own (USA Sales v. U.S. Trustee)

By: Donald L Swanson Alabama and North Carolina are interesting places. But in the world of bankruptcy, Alabama and North Carolina are truly special—seriously!! These two states have carved out a bankruptcy world of their own—a world that’s different from every other state and all the territories in the Union!  How they did it, is undoubtedly... Continue Reading →

“Safe Harbor”: Merit Management’s Footnote 2 Is Back! (Deutsche v. McCormick)

Safe harbor (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson In its unanimous Merit Management Group, LP v.FTI Consuting, Inc., opinion of February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court held (in the second-to-last sentence of the opinion): “Because the parties do not contend that either Valley View or Merit is a ‘financial institution’ or other covered... Continue Reading →

Prof. Mann: On Bankruptcy And The U.S. Supreme Court (An Interview)

https://youtu.be/g1NZFVfJ98k Prof. Mann discussing "Bankruptcy and the U.S. Supreme Court" By: Donald L Swanson Ronald J. Mann is the “Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law” and co-director of the “Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center” at Columbia Law School.  Prof. Mann is a nationally recognized scholar in bankruptcy and related areas of law.  His prior... Continue Reading →

How U.S. Constitution’s Contracts Clause Bans State Bankruptcy Laws (Sturges v. Crowninshield)

Filling the void (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson “No State shall . . . pass any . . . Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts.” --U.S. Constitution, Art. 1, Sec. 10, Cl. 1 (the “Contracts Clause”). One of the earliest opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court on the subject of bankruptcy is Sturges... Continue Reading →

Judge Wedoff: On Representing Respondents At Supreme Court In Chicago v. Fulton (An Interview)

By: Donald L Swanson On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its majority and concurring opinions in the City of Chicago v. Fulton case.  The opinions give a technical victory to the City on a narrow legal issue but suggest that the City may be in a difficult position on a variety of related... Continue Reading →

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