Overview: Under 11 U.S.C.S. §
707(b)(2)(A)(ii)(I), appellant debtor, an above-median income debtor seeking
bankruptcy relief under chapter 13, did not get to deduct from his projected
disposable income (amounts that would otherwise have been available to
unsecured creditors) a vehicle "ownership cost" for a vehicle he
owned free and clear.
Christopher P. Burke, Chris P. Burke & Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada, for
Jeremy T. Bergstrom, Miles, Bauer, Bergstrom & Winters LLP,
Henderson, Nevada; and William Andrew McNeal, Becket & Lee LLP, Malvern,
Pennsylvania, for appellee, MBNA, America Bank, N.A.
Catherine Bentley Sevcenko, Executive Office for the United States
Trustees, for amicus curiae, United States of America.
Tara Twomey, San Jose, California, for amicus curiae, National
Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Judges: Before: Stephen S. Trott, M.
Margaret McKeown and Sandra S. Ikuta, Circuit Judges. Opinion by Judge Trott.
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