January 4, 2021
Recent Trends in the Interpretation of Midland v. Johnson and the Applicability of the FDCPA to Bankruptcy Cases
From the Courts
- Northern District of Oklahoma – Policy Regarding Relief from Stay During the COVID-19 Crisis
- District of Arizona – Changes to Courtroom Deputy Assignments
- Northern District of Illinois – Congratulations to Elizabeth Peterson, the David S. Yen Bankruptcy Help Desk Volunteer of the Year
- Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division – In order to align the Court’s case numbering system with that of the District Court, effective January 1, 2021, the “location code” for cases filed in the Fort Myers Division will be changed from “9” to “2” – attorneys should use the “2” location code in all filings in Fort Myers Division cases.
- District of Nevada – Effective 1/1/21, updated Mortgage Modification Program is in effect.
- District of Nevada – Chapter 13 Presumptive Fees – Request for Public Comment
- District of South Carolina – 2020 South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Awards
Consumer Attorneys Work and Fee Survey
Your assistance is requested.This is the 21st year that Ron Burdge has undertaken the herculean task of surveying consumer attorneys about their work and fees. The last published Consumer Bankruptcy Survey Report was 371 pages of detailed city and state data, that breaks down the fees that different courts allow and that attorneys charge for the various aspects of consumer rights and bankruptcy cases. There has never been any charge for the survey reports that are published and generously posted online for everyone’s use.Previous reports have been used in Courts nationwide to award more than thirty million dollars in attorney fees to consumer advocates all over the country, including consumer bankruptcy attorneys. State and Federal Courts routinely rely on this report in awarding hourly fees in consumer cases. (If they aren’t using this report in your cases, you should be using it as evidence!) It is one of the primary resources that has been used to increase presumptive fees set by bankruptcy courts in Chapter 13 cases and also invaluable for attorneys in setting their fees for Chapter 7 cases.
The more people that participate the more accurate and useful the data becomes, so please feel free to share this with your local listservs and Google groups.
Go to www.AttorneyFeeStudy.com to fill out the online questionnaire. The survey does not obtain any personal information and there is no charge to participate and no charge for obtaining the published survey results.
CARES Act FFCRA Tax Credit Extended
- Eastern District of Michigan – Application due date 1/8/21
- Middle District of Florida at Orlando and Jacksonville – Application due date 2/1/21
On the CFPB
- You need to glance at this one. Our guess is that Debtor Attys will see debts from these cards in the future. . . . CFPB Issues Approval Order to Facilitate the Use of Dual Usage Credit Cards “The card is designed for consumers with a limited or damaged credit history as a tool that can be used to establish or reestablish a favorable credit history. Synchrony intends to offer a lower rate on secured use with the opportunity for eligible accountholders to graduate to unsecured use after 12 months.”