From the Editor – Attorneys and Fees

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Court had authority under Rule 9011. Bankruptcy court had inherent authority under Rule 9011 to sanction Chapter 13 debtor’s attorney, on finding that attorney violated Rule throughout case, including amendment of schedules and plan to treat postpetition alimony as prepetition debt, when attorney knew that debtor had failed to make postpetition DSO payments. Sanctions included suspension from practice in bankruptcy court for six months, $1,000 fine and CLE requirement, and these were affirmed. However, further sanction for attorney’s misrepresentation in testimony at the show cause hearing . . .

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