Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee (Nashville, TN)

It constitutes an unfair discrimination, violative of 11 U.S.C. § 1322(b)(1), for a Chapter 13 plan which would pay more to a student loan than to the remaining general unsecured creditors. (Somers) In re Kane, 603 B.R. 491 (Bankr. C.D. Kan. June 18, 2019)

Case Summary

Ronald Kane filed a Chapter 13 petition owing an “impressive amount” of debt. His total debts of $193,741.46 were mostly composed of student loan obligations which totaled $128,612.02. Kane proposed . . .

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