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Bob Lawless
University of Illinois
I'm a college professor with 3 kids.
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Good points, David. Almost any social phenomenon has multiple reasons, and legal differences (esp. state collection laws) undoubtedly play some role. Perhaps a more careful way to rephrase my point is that "culture" plays a bigger role than we often believe. Remember Barry Scholnick's work from Canada about the network effects of bankruptcy filings (see http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/ScholnickAuthor.html). The more people you know who file bankruptcy, the more likely you are to file bankruptcy.
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Bankruptcy filings have dipped to their lowest rate since 1990, as previously blogged (ignoring anomalous statistical gyrations around the 2005 changes to the bankruptcy law). Over the past twelve months the bankruptcy filing rate per 1,000 persons has been 2.95,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Credit Slips
Professor Bill Whitford of the University of Wisconsin will be an intellectual hero to many of the Credit Slips readers and contributors. Bill has done pathbreaking work in consumer bankruptcy law, consumer law, and corporate reorganizations. On October 24, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Credit Slips
Former Credit Slips blogger Elizabeth Warren who also happens to be the senior senator from Massachusetts was a category on Jeopardy! last night. H/T to the WSJ's Bankruptcy Beat, which has a more complete story on the topic including the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Credit Slips
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In June, I said we are on track for just over 900,000 bankruptcy filings for 2014. The latest data are in from Epiq Systems, and that 900,000 figure remains the best estimate for the calendar year. We have had 556,875... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Credit Slips
At its annual meeting, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) formally adopted the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA). Under its provisions, I believe it says any service member in uniform will be able to avoid a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Credit Slips
On behalf of everyone at Credit Slips, I want to express our profound sadness at hearing of the tragic and untimely passing of Professor Dan Markel. a professor of law at Florida State University and a prominent criminal law theorist.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Credit Slips
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Today marks the eighth anniversary of the launch of Credit Slips. That means we have been around long enough to get tenure at most universities. Now, if we only can get through the review letters. One thing that I have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Credit Slips
I have explored the reasons for the trend in other posts. The short version is that it has a lot to do with the availability of bankruptcy alternatives and very little to do with overall economic conditions. Bankruptcy is a legal act with legal consequences and is not necessarily an indicator of prevailing economic conditions. Some of the highest bankruptcy filing rates occurred in boom economic times.
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Bankruptcy filings have continued to decline in the first part of 2014. This decline is part of a longer-term trend as the graph shows. (Clicking on the graph will bring up a larger version in a pop-up box.) As always,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Credit Slips
The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Commission on Chapter 11 Reform has been considering how to improve the chapter 11 process. Among the thorniest issues the ABI Commission has faced is how to fairly balance the interests of secured creditors with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Credit Slips
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If you are a long-time reader of Credit Slips, first thank you. Second, you probably noticed we were off the air earlier in the week. Our blog hosting service, Typepad, was the victim of a criminal denial-of-service attack. According to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Credit Slips
On behalf of everyone at Credit Slips, I wanted to thank Professor Javier Arias of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Professor Andrew Dawson of the University of Miami. It takes time out of a busy schedule to contribute to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Credit Slips
Two weeks ago, I wrote a post based on Lynn LoPucki's observation that Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) might be Bitcoin's Achilles heel. From that experience, I learned that the surest way to get attention for a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Credit Slips
As noted by America's finest news source here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Credit Slips
If you are looking for trite and oversimplified assertions about bankruptcy stigma, then stay away from the latest issue of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. In those pages, Professor Michael Sousa from the University of Denver has a wonderful paper... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Credit Slips
Yeah, Jack, except for the fact there is a statute here with very precise language. Or, another way to put it is mankind may consider the painting hanging in the bank lobby to be art, but to the UCC, it is equipment.
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Last week, Professor Lynn LoPucki called me up and asked a good question. Why hasn’t Bitcoin fallen apart because of the operation of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)? It is a really good question. With Lynn’s permission,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Credit Slips
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Credit Slips is pleased to welcome back Professor Susan Block-Lieb of Fordham University. A long-time "friend of the blog" -- as Stephen Colbert might put it -- Susan has blogged with us in the past with Professor Ted Janger. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Credit Slips
On behalf of the Credit Slips bloggers, I want to extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Professor Ted Eisenberg who passed away suddenly on Sunday. Ted worked in the areas of civil rights, the death penalty, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Credit Slips
Credit Slips is please to welcome Professor Drew Dawson as a guest blogger. Drew is on the faculty at the University of Miami School of Law where he teaches the bankruptcy, commercial law, and the other sorts of course you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Credit Slips
Francisco Javier Arias Varona, Profesor Titular de Derecho Mercantil at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, will be joining as a guest blogger for a few weeks. Long-time readers may remember Javier's last guest stint with us. Spain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Credit Slips
My friend, Frank Venis, sent me a link to a Planet Money/NPR story that 42.1% of home purchases are now in cash. I have been meaning to write up a quick post on the story since the story appeared, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Credit Slips
Mehrsa Badaran, a professor at the University of Georgia, argued for postal banking in a 2012 paper that was later published in the Emory Law Journal. See http://ssrn.com/abstract=2056593,
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2014 on Postal Banking at Credit Slips
We are making a few changes in the author line-up here at Credit Slips. The blog has been running for seven and a half years. During that time, new voices have entered the academy, and we need to keep up!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Credit Slips