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Jun 22, 2015

Court: Disabled, impoverished Md. woman must repay student loans

Monica Stitt, a 45-year-old woman, is unemployed, disabled, and living far below the poverty line. Still, a federal district judge decided last week that she could not cancel more than $37,000 in student debt in bankruptcy, because she hadn’t made a good-faith attempt at repaying the loans. Her entire income—about $10,000 per year, according to […]

Jun 15, 2015

High court rules against law firm in bankruptcy fee fight

WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that one of the nation’s biggest law firms is not entitled to recover $5.2 million in legal fees it incurred in the course of a bankruptcy proceeding. The 6-3 ruling said the firm Baker Botts could not collect additional fees it billed during a side dispute over whether […]

Jun 1, 2015

High court: Bankrupt homeowners can’t void second mortgage

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that homeowners who declare bankruptcy can’t void a second mortgage even if the home isn’t worth what they owe on the primary mortgage. The justices ruled in two Florida cases that bankrupt homeowners can’t “strip off” a second loan even if they are underwater on the first […]

Mar 31, 2015

Bankruptcy judge approves RadioShack asset sale

A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of assets of RadioShack to hedge fund Standard General LP that will keep more than 1,700 stores open and preserve more than 7,000 jobs.

Feb 19, 2015

Pair of rulings favor landlord in $8M dispute

A Rockville company on the hook for an $8 million judgment it owes a former landlord has suffered two legal setbacks this month.

Jan 27, 2015

Caesars to learn whether what happens in Delaware stays there

Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. will learn Wednesday whether its $20 billion restructuring bid will be heard in a bankruptcy court in Chicago, its chosen venue, or in Delaware, where creditors fighting the plan want the case to stay.

Dec 15, 2014

Payroll firm can’t recoup clients’ money paid to IRS

The trustee for a bankrupt and scandal-ridden Silver Spring payroll processing company cannot recover nearly $28 million it paid on behalf of clients to the Internal Revenue Service in the 90 days prior to declaring bankruptcy, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Dec 10, 2014

1st Mariner says it’s on the road to profitability

In the six months since 1st Mariner was sold, the bank has kept its 16 branches open and opened about 200 new consumer deposit accounts per month, it says

Nov 17, 2014

Justices to consider when second mortgage can be void

The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether homeowners who declare bankruptcy can void a second mortgage if the home’s market value has dropped below the amount they owe on the first mortgage.

Nov 7, 2014

Judge approves bankruptcy exit plan for Detroit

A judge on Friday approved Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy, ending the largest public filing in U.S. history and launching the city into a turnaround that will require discipline after years of corruption, budget-busting debt and an exodus of residents.

Oct 28, 2014

W.R. Grace & Co. opens new HQ in Columbia

W.R. Grace & Co., the Columbia-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals and materials, is set to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in Columbia just several months after it emerged from one of the longest bankruptcy cases in history.

Oct 27, 2014

Detroit makes final arguments to exit bankruptcy

A lawyer for Detroit has urged a judge to approve a plan to get out of bankruptcy, calling it a sweeping effort to revive the city by cutting billions in debt and putting more than $1 billion into better services.

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