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Retired Justice Kennedy promises message of civility at American Law Institute’s annual meeting

“This award will inspire me in future years to bring again the message of civility and decency and progress to all of those who, like you, revere the law,” retired Justice Anthony Kennedy promised today as he received the Henry J. Friendly Medal at the American Law Institute’s annual meeting. Two summers ago, “it seemed […]
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May 20, 2019/by Andrew Hamm

Opinion analysis: Court rejects issue preclusion in affirming Crow Tribe’s treaty hunting right

In Herrera v. Wyoming, the Supreme Court today overruled the Wyoming courts and held that the Apsáalooke Nation, also known as the Crow Tribe, retains its treaty-guaranteed right to hunt on unoccupied lands outside its reservation. Although the case turned on complicated questions of precedent and preclusion, the decision is perhaps most significant for what […]
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May 20, 2019/by Gregory Ablavsky

Tom Goldstein and David Savage talk through abortion, precedent and the Supreme Court

In this week’s episode of SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe of Howe on the Court briefly covers the latest Supreme Court news before speaking with Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog and David Savage of the Los Angeles Times about abortion and recent legislation aimed at o...
May 20, 2019/by SCOTUStalk

Justices grant bankruptcy petition

This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference last week. The justices added one new case to their merits docket for next term: Ritzen Group v. Jackson Masonry, a bankruptcy case. The filing of a petition for bankruptcy creates an “automatic stay” – a freeze on most efforts by creditors to […]
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May 20, 2019/by Amy Howe

Completing Your Credit Counseling Course

 A mandatory step during a bankruptcy filing is the completion of a U.S. Trustee certified credit counseling course. Many people worry about this –is it a test? A class they must attend? I have even had one client ask if the credit cou...
May 20, 2019/by Wesley Scott

Live blog of orders and opinions (Update: Completed)

We live-blogged as the Supreme Court released orders from the May 16 conference, granting Ritzen Group Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, and its opinions in Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, Herrera v. Wyoming and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht. The transcript of the live blog is available below and at this link. SCOTUSblog is sponsored […]
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May 20, 2019/by Andrew Hamm

Monday round-up

For The Wall Street Journal, Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin report that several “petitions seeking Supreme Court review of abortion restrictions are currently pending, and the justices could act on some of them in coming weeks.” At Jost on Justice, Kenneth Jost discusses what the court’s ruling last week overruling a 40-year-old precedent in Franchise […]
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May 20, 2019/by Edith Roberts

Qualify for Cramdown of Your Vehicle Loan

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You qualify for cramdown (reducing your monthly vehicle loan payment and total paid until you’re free and clear) mostly through good timing.   Last week’s blog post was about lowering monthly vehicle loan payments through Chapter 13 cramdown. This also often reduces how much you end up paying on the loan, and often even reduces its interest rate. Cramdown usually ... Read More
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May 20, 2019/by Wasson and Thornhill

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