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Minibar candy, expensive hotel stays in bankruptcy lawyers’ expenses targeted by new guidelines

May 14, 2013, 10:39 am CDT

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These "guidelines" should basically be identical to the travel rules for government employees. IRS per diem and hotel rates ( http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104877 ) , coach travel, etc. Same with mileage rates (http://www.irs.gov/uac/2013-Standard-Mileage-Rates-Up-1-Cent-per-Mile-for-Business,-Medical-and-Moving)

This idea that lawyers have a "right" to feather their nests on the taxpayers dime is ridiculous.

By TMJ on 2013 05 14, 11:54 am CDT

fees in bankruptcy are rubber stamped. you can charge as much as you want and get away with it. it is free money for the law firms

By tim17 on 2013 05 14, 2:02 pm CDT

Chapter 11 attorneys fees are based upon what the market allows. Except that the small pool of attorneys who practice Chapter 11 cases all look to each other to set fees, so there's no real competition for fees. It's subtle collusion. It's about time the US trustee got around to issuing these guidelines. The Chapter 11 firms have gorged for years and now they're closing the barn door after all the animals have left i.e. 11 filings are way down.

By Student loan serf on 2013 05 14, 4:40 pm CDT

@ 2: I don't know what planet you practice on, but last time I did an adversary pleading for a really small BK case, the copies, postage, and FAX fees totalled more than $2,000. So I can see where they would easily top $50,000 in a complex Ch. 11 issue. All costs and fees are billed on a straight pass-through basis by my firm so the BK Court WILL rubber stamp them: No invoice, no money.

By BMF on 2013 05 14, 6:45 pm CDT

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