Archive for the 'bankruptcy' Category

Federal Tax Liens in Chapter 13

Monday, September 26th, 2011

I recently filed a Chapter 13 case and had an issue arise which I see occasionally that I thought might be of interest to the consumer debtor bar. In my case, the debtor lived in Travis County and owed the IRS taxes for several years, all but one of which would be dischargeable as “stale” [...]


Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Fifth Circuit recently held that private employers may discriminate in hiring based on a bankruptcy filing. In re Burnett, 635 F.3d 169 (5th Cir.2011). The court distinguished between public employers which may not discriminate in hiring and private employers which may. Neither public nor private employers may discriminate with respect to persons who are [...]

Assigned Ad Valorem Tax Claims in Chapter 13

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The following is a recent article published in the State bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter. It is primarily of interest to consumer bankruptcy law attorneys practicing in Texas.
Chapter 13 debtors whose taxes are not escrowed will occasionally resort to one of the property tax payment services which pay the taxes and take an [...]

The Future of Chrsyler

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

On Father’s day morning I watched the McLaughlin Group as I do most Sunday mornings. (Although I frequently turn off the sound while they shout over each other.) At the end of the show, John invites his guests to make a prediction and he makes one, too. John predicted that Chrysler will produce a car [...]


Friday, June 12th, 2009

The news since May 1, 2009.

GM is closing 11 plants, “idling” 3 more, and closing 3 parts distribution facilities.

Fiat/Chrysler is probably closing plants, but there is no official word yet.

GM will layoff 21,000 (more) employees.

Fiat/Chrysler will layoff more employees, but we don’t know how many yet.

GM will reportedly terminate somewhere between 2000 and 2600 dealerships. [...]

Chrysler Chapter 11 email to Texas Bankruptcy Bar

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The following is an email I sent to the Bankruptcy Section of the Texas Bar on May 14, 2009.
Dear Readers:
All of us who know a little about how bankruptcy really works have been amused and/or bemused by the whole notion that Chrysler would go through a “surgical bankruptcy” that would be completed within 60 to [...]

Downstream Effects of GM and Chrysler Chapter 11 Cases

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Chrysler filed Chapter 11 on May 1, 2009. GM will almost certainly file on June 1.
The immediate consequences are clear for all to see. Chrysler will be sold to Fiat. Plants will close, employees will be laid off, dealerships will be terminated. How many people will be directly effected is not so clear. We don’t [...]

by Michael Baumer