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Student loans are in the news. Nearly everyone either has, or knows someone with, a student loan obligation, and growing numbers of borrowers are in some form of default or forbearance. Student loan forgiveness has even become an election issue. Discussions of student debt often include the blanket assumption that not even bankruptcy can relieve a borrower of his student loan obligations. While this assumption is incorrect, a debtor must provide compelling evidence that an undue hardship will result if the debtor is required to repay the loan, see, 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(8).
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By Louis F. Solimine, James J. Henderson and Andrew L. Turscak, Jr.
In a recent, unanimous opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions holding that a bankruptcy court order denying a motion for relief from the automatic stay constitutes a final order that must be appealed within the time provided under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 8002.
By Rudolph J. Di Massa, Jr. and Geoffrey A. Heaton
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By Lawrence J. Kotler
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By Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr.
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