What a Consumer Lawyer Should Know About Consumer Bankruptcy

 

 

Honorable Jeff Bohm

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Southern District of Texas

Bob Casey Federal Courthouse

515 Rusk Avenue, Room 6202

Houston, TX  77002

(713) 250-5470

Jeff_Bohm@txs.uscourts.gov

 

Briefing Clerks:

 

Ashley L. Gargour

Briefing Clerk

Bob Casey Federal Courthouse

515 Rusk Avenue, Room 6202

Houston, TX  77002

(713) 250-5470

Ashley_Gargour@txs.uscourts.gov

 

Spencer D. Solomon

Briefing Clerk

Bob Casey Federal Courthouse

515 Rusk Avenue, Room 6202

Houston, TX  77002

(713) 250-5422

Spencer_Solomon@txs.uscourts.gov

 

Former Judicial Interns:

 

Jen Bell

South Texas College of Law

jenniferleebell@gmail.com

 

Zena Habal

University of Houston

zhabal@central.uh.edu

 

 

 

 

State Bar of Texas

ADVANCED CONSUMER AND COMMERCIAL LAW COURSE

November 13 - 14, 2008

Dallas

 

CHAPTER 8

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction.............................................................................................................................................. 1

I.  Problems with Creditors and their Counsel.......................................................................... 1

In re Parsley, 384 B.R. 138 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008).................................................................................... 1

Sanchez v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 372 B.R. 289 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007).............................................. 2

II.  The Chapter 7 “Means” Test............................................................................................................. 3

In re Singletary, 354 B.R. 455 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007)................................................................................ 3

In re Brown, 376 B.R. 601 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007)...................................................................................... 3

III.  Chapter 13 Plans................................................................................................................................. 4

In re Nowlin, 366 B.R. 670 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007),  aff’d by 2007 WL 4623043 (S.D. Tex. 2007)................ 4

In re Perez, 339 B.R. 385 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2006), aff’d by 373 B.R. 468 (S.D. Tex. 2007).......................... 5

IV.  Intersection of Arbitration with Bankruptcy................................................................... 6

In re Martinez, 2007 WL 1174186 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007).......................................................................... 6

V.  Exemptions............................................................................................................................................. 6

In re Jarboe, 365 B.R. 717 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007)..................................................................................... 6

In re McBride, 347 B.R. 585 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007).................................................................................. 7

In re Cadengo, 370 B.R. 681 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007).................................................................................. 8

In re Bossart, 2007 WL 4561300 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007),  aff’d by, 2008 WL 4600496 (5th Cir. 2008).......... 8

In re Sissom, 366 B.R. 677 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007)..................................................................................... 9

In re Calvin, 329 B.R. 589 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007).................................................................................... 10

In re Presto, 376 B.R. 554 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007).................................................................................... 10

In re Solly, 392 B.R. 692 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008)...................................................................................... 11

VI.  Abandoning Property in Satisfaction of Claims.............................................................. 11

In re Perry, 2008 WL 4569967 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Oct. 14, 2008)................................................................. 11

VII.  The “Hanging Paragraph”........................................................................................................... 12

In re Brodowski, 391 B.R. 393 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008)............................................................................. 12

VIII.  Jury Trial Requests Made During Bankruptcy Case..................................................... 13

In re Wilborn, 2008 WL 2078089 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008).......................................................................... 13

IX.  Proofs of Claim................................................................................................................................. 13

In re Gilbreath, 2008 WL 4569965 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008)........................................................................ 13

In re Prevo, 2008 WL 4425799 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008)............................................................................. 14

X.  The Bankruptcy Court’s Jurisdiction Over Traditional State Law Areas Such As Probate................................................................................................................................................ 14

Marshall v. Marshall (In re Marshall), 257 B.R. 35 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2000), aff’d in part, vacated in part, rev’d in part, 264 B.R. 609 (C.D. Cal. 2001)................................................................................................ 14

In re Jack, 390 B.R. 307 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2008)....................................................................................... 15

XI.  Discrimination Against an Individual Solely Because He/She Has Filed a Bankruptcy Petition..................................................................................................................... 16

In re Burnett, 2008 WL 4609983 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Oct. 14, 2008).............................................................. 16