Saturday, December 3, 2011

Changes to Federal Court Rules Take Effect

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence took effect December 1, 2011.

Congress took no action after the changes were approved by Supreme Court more than seven months earlier. That means new amendments to these rules are now in effect:

• Appellate Rules 4 and 40

• Bankruptcy Rules 2003, 2019, 3001, 4004, and 6003.

• Criminal Rules 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 32, 40, 41, 43, and 49.

• Evidence Rules 101-1103.

In addition, new Bankruptcy Rules 1004.2 and 3002.1 are in effect, as well as new Criminal Rule 4.1.

The text of the amended rules and extensive supporting documents is available.

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First United Security Bank v Garner (11th Circuit 2011)

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court and Bankruptcy Court's holding that "an over secured creditor is only entitled to the contract rate of interest [on its allowed secured claim], pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §506(b), from the date of the filing until confirmation of the bankruptcy plan" in a chapter 13 case, where the debtor invokes the cram down provision of 11 U.S.C. §1325(a)(5)(B).

State Court Budget Shortfalls

Results of the survey, issued by the National Center for State Courts and released on Nov. 29, indicate widespread recent budget cuts — and the public at large is going to feel the impact. A survey issued by the National Center for State Courts warns of the public impact of recent cuts, including 42 states with substantial court budget decreases; 39 states where clerk vacancies were not filled; 34 states where court staff were laid off; and 23 states with reduced court operating hours. Said one analyst: "It can't get a whole lot worse."


The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program announced the arrests of three top officers of a California real estate company who took thousands of dollars in up-front loan modification fees and made false promises to lower the mortgage payments of struggling homeowners.



To report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or misrepresentations involving the taxpayer-funded Troubled Asset Relief Program, call (877) SIG-2009 or send confidential information to SIGTARP via an online Hotline form.


To offer comments or suggestions to SIGTARP, please use one of the following methods:

Phone: (202) 622-1419

Fax: (202) 622-4559

Mail: Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program

1801 L Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20020

NEW Bankruptcy Forms Effective 12/1/11

For your convenience, below are links that provide information concerning these changes. A brief summary of the amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules and forms may be found at the Court's website at:

Other Links:

Link to Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure:

Link to Information Regarding Supreme Court Approved Rule Amendments (April 26, 2011):

Link to Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms:

Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.6%

The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent during the month of November, as employers added 120,000 new jobs to their payrolls, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday morning. By the government’s calculations, the unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage point from 9.0 percent reported in October to hit its lowest level since March of 2009. Employment assessments for both October and September were revised upward.