Validity Of Surcharge On Debtor's Home Debated At U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 13 in a case in which a Chapter 7 debtor argues that the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals wrongly affirmed a ruling in which a bankruptcy court levied a surcharge on his residential property as punishment to "deter improper conduct" (Stephen Law v. Alfred Siegel, No. 12-5196, Chapter 7, U.S. Sup.).

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