This book covers bankruptcy law, policy, and practice, focusing on consumer bankruptcy and the basics of business bankruptcy. Its innovative organization and integrated use of graphics introduce students to the variety of often competing policies that apply when an individual or business entity experiences financial distress. The book’s 101 carefully-designed problems facilitate learning and focus class discussion. Review questions at the end of most chapters facilitate student self-assessment of their understanding and mastery of the law material and its application.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 03/07/2017

Stephen L. Sepinuck, Vanderbilt University Law School

Gregory M. Duhl, Mitchell Hamline School of Law


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The book has been updated to reflect changes to the bankruptcy code and official forms since the last edition. The updates include modifications to several problems to reflect the current dollar amounts now used in various sections of the Bankruptcy Code and citations to more than 200 new judicial decisions.

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