Immigration prosecutions increased 37 percent last year while overall filings in federal district courts rose 7 percent, according to the United States Courts’ 2018 Annual Report and Court Statistics. The report released Tuesday also found that filings in federal courts of appeal declined 2 percent in 2018.
A divided panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed an Indiana business owner to seek to discharge back pay debt in bankruptcy proceedings, rejecting the National Labor Relations Board’s argument that the debt was not dischargeable because the employees to whom the back pay was owed were “maliciously” fired.
New bankruptcy cases filed for the year ending September 2018 have seen more than a 2 percent decrease from the year prior, the lowest for any 12-month period since June 2007. Bankruptcy filings fell by 2.2 percent for the year end Sept. 30, 2018 compared to the year ending Sept. 30, 2017.
A northeastern Indiana attorney says a growing number of senior citizens are filing for bankruptcy protection after falling into debt, often for medical expenses. Similarly, a study by the Consumer Bankruptcy Project found the rate at which seniors file for bankruptcy has tripled from 1991 to 2016.
Proposed federal court rule changes released for public comment Wednesday would impose new duties on prosecutors who seek to introduce evidence of a criminal defendant’s prior crimes and on lawyers involved in depositions, among other changes.
A Detroit-based hotel operator has sued the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Infosys Ltd., alleging the authority and the tech company colluded to wrongfully terminate the hotel company’s lease to make room for Infosys’ proposed $245 million innovation hub development at the airport.
Bankruptcy filings in federal courts continued their downward slide with more than 250,000 fewer cases filed for the year ending March 31, 2018, than were filed during the same period in 2014, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
With other federal rules having been rewritten over the last several years to make them simpler, more understandable and easier to use, the U.S. Courts Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules is now considering whether to do the same for the federal rules of bankruptcy procedure.