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Tag Archives: U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Bankr: Award reduced for excessive billing, duplicative suits (access required)

A bankruptcy court awarded some fees incurred to recover the debtor’s wrongly garnished wages, but said that counsel should have resolved the issue in the bankruptcy proceeding rather than filing two additional adversary suits. Further, especially in light of quarter-hour ...

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Bankr.: Company, attorneys sanctioned for bankruptcy scam (access required)

This case involves yet another collision between traditional methods of providing – and policing – legal services to consumers for bankruptcy matters and attempts by attorneys and creative online marketers to tap into that market on a high-volume, multi-jurisdictional basis. ...

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Lawyer-landlord fined $5K for bankruptcy stay violation (access required)

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An Alexandria lawyer who pursued collection efforts after a tenant filed for bankruptcy has been hit with $5,000 in punitive damages for what the judge labeled “flagrant violations” of legal protections for debtors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens said ...

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‘Arrogant defiance’ (access required)

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Struggling con­sumers in­creasingly are seeking finan­cial help from online lenders, but consumer lawyers warn the relief may be only temporary. High interest rates and fees, levied through relentless bank with­drawals, sometimes bring consumers to the bankruptcy they hoped to avoid, ...

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Unheeded advice: Law firm avoids blame in prosecution (access required)

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A government contractor that faced federal charges after disregarding lawyers’ advice on use of prohib­ited employees failed to prove a legal malpractice claim against its law firm, a bankruptcy judge has ruled. The decision absolved a now-defunct Washington firm of ...

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