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1061 ABA Journal Bankruptcy Law articles.

Afternoon Briefs: ABA backs stay-home exemption for legal services; PG&E to plead guilty in fire deaths

ABA: Exempt legal services from any US stay-home order

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez says legal services should be deemed essential and exempted from any national stay-home order. “The American…

Dissolved law firm has no right to profits in hourly fee matters taken to new firm, appeals court says
The bankruptcy trustee for the dissolved Howrey law firm has lost another round in his bid to claw back profits from partners who took hourly matters with them to new law firms.
Afternoon Briefs: Former BigLaw lawyer drops suit; judge resigns amid hostile-environment probe

Former Ogletree Deakins shareholder drops bias claim

A former nonequity partner at Ogletree Deakins, Dawn Knepper, has dropped her bias lawsuit against the firm. The notice of the dropped claims…

Law grad wins discharge of his student debt in opinion criticizing ‘punitive standards’
In what is being described as a “stunning” decision, a bankruptcy judge has ruled that a 2004 graduate of Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School may erase more than $220,000 in student loan debt.
Lawyer who created digital child porn to make a legal point can’t escape $300K judgment, court rules
An Ohio lawyer and expert witness who created digital child pornography in defense of his clients can’t escape a $300,000 civil judgment in bankruptcy, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Afternoon Briefs: Law students object to ‘Carey Law’ name; First Step Act beneficiary charged with murder

‘Carey Law’ doesn’t sit well with some Pennsylvania students and grads

Law students and alumni at the University of Pennsylvania are not happy about its Nov. 8 name change and…

BigLaw partner lists $166M in liabilities in Chapter 7 filing that would halt suit alleging Ponzi scheme aid
A Baker Donelson partner has filed a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy that would pause litigation contending that he aided a Ponzi schemer who was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison.
Disbarred lawyer loses appeal based on judge’s testimony against him
A federal judge who filed a grievance against a lawyer for conduct in his personal bankruptcy was permitted to testify against the lawyer in his disciplinary case, the Texas Supreme Court has held.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump couldn’t be prosecuted even if he shot someone, lawyer argues; Kellogg’s to pay $20M

Sitting president can’t be prosecuted even if he shot someone, Trump lawyer argues

A sitting president couldn’t be investigated and prosecuted by New York authorities even if he shot someone…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer found hiding in parents’ closet; ‘fearsome foursome’ law firms named

Bounty hunter helps track down lawyer on the lam

A Connecticut lawyer on the lam was found hiding in a closet in his parents’ home with the help of bounty…

Opioid sellers say judge must recuse because he pushed settlement; 1 defendant files for bankruptcy
Some opioid defendants contend that the federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation should recuse himself partly because his zeal for settlements has created the appearance of bias.
Bankruptcy judge should have recused because of fiance’s job offer, federal court says

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Olson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, should have recused himself in a dispute over a lien because of his fiance’s job offer with a law firm in…

LeClairRyan files for bankruptcy and lists its joint venture as a creditor

Dissolving law firm LeClairRyan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday and said it owed $8 million plus interest to ULX Partners, the company the law firm created last…

Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri joined forces and took on Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Legal Rebels Rohan Pavuluri and Jonathan Petts never had reason to think much about Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both came from well-off families and graduated from Ivy League universities. They strongly think that the law shouldn’t discriminate based on income.

Afternoon Briefs: Suit allowed over website’s bankruptcy-lawyer ban; judge resigns and ends case

The California Supreme Court has revived bankruptcy lawyer Robert White’s civil rights suit against the online payment service Square. White contended that he was wrongly denied service by the…

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