CASE AT A GLANCE
In chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor keeps certain statutorily defined “exempt” assets, while all other assets are sold to pay creditors. In exchange, most of the debtor’s debts are discharged. In this case, the Court must decide whether a debtor may be sanctioned by the loss of exempt assets as an equitable remedy for trying to fraudulently claim excess exemptions or hide assets, with the forfeited assets awarded to the bankruptcy estate to recover litigation costs arising from the debtor’s misconduct.
41 Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cas. 196 (2013-2014)