Hamilton v. Lanning, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 4568 (June 7, 2010)

Hamilton v. Lanning, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 4568 (June 7, 2010)

LexisNexis Overview:  "Forward looking" approach could be used in calculating "projected disposable income" (PDI) under 11 U.S.C.S. § 1325(b)(1)(B) as courts had discretion to account for known or virtually certain changes in a debtor's income. Use of Chapter 13 debtor's current income, not an inflated figure due to a prior one-time employer buyout, was affirmed.

Counsel: Jan Hamilton argued the cause for the petitioner.

Sarah Harrington argued the cause for the petitioner as amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court.

Thomas C. Goldstein argued the cause for the respondent.

Judges: ALITO, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and STEVENS, KENNEDY, THOMAS, GINSBURG, BREYER, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined. SCALIA, J., filed a dissenting opinion.

OPINION BY: ALITO

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