A district court judge recently reversed and remanded a well-known bankruptcy decision discharging a significant student loan debt. In the Southern District of New York, Judge Philip Halpern, reviewing the bankruptcy court’s summary judgment decision de novo, found that neither the debtor nor the defendant were entitled to summary judgment under the familiar Brunner test.
Hirshel Hall is an associate in Bradley’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group.
Hirshel has a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was the lead editor for The Journal of the Legal Profession and a member of the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Team and the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. During law school, he served as an extern for the Hon. Jennifer H. Henderson of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He also received the Judge C. Michael Stilson Bankruptcy Award for best paper in Bankruptcy (Fall 2018) and the Bankruptcy Commercial Law Section Award (Spring 2020).
Bankruptcy. The arrival of that notice stating a customer has filed for bankruptcy can evoke less-than-ideal responses: forwarding the notice to someone else who might know what to do with it (resulting in the notice ending up in a forever loop of being forwarded along); immediately writing off the account and cutting your losses; or,…