Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy of All Time (And Four Honorable Mentions)

By M. Jonathan Hayes
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I did a program recently with bankruptcy Judge Alan Ahart (Ret) and longtime bankruptcy practitioner David Gould which we called the Top Ten Supreme Court Bankruptcy cases of all time. We agreed early that we would focus on cases that dealt with the foundations of bankruptcy, the fundamental structure of the federal bankruptcy system. We agreed on the following ten cases and four honorable mentions. The cases are discussed below in chronological order.

There are three basic themes that run through . . .

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