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Ahead of a House Judiciary Committee Hearing today on H.R. 3553, the Bankruptcy Administration Improvement Act, the American Bankers Association submitted a statement for the record supporting provisions in the bill that would increase the statutory fee paid to Chapter 7 trustees in so-called “no asset” bankruptcy cases.

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The Treasury Department today issued a report recommending important changes to the Dodd-Frank Act’s orderly liquidation authority, which provides a mechanism for the FDIC and Federal Reserve to wind down a systemically important but failing financial institution with minimal harm to the broader financial system.

Economy

The House Financial Services Committee today held a hearing on the Financial Choice Act, Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) sweeping, 600-page bill aimed at reforming parts of the Dodd-Frank Act’s extensive supervisory regime and providing regulatory relief for banks.

Legal

The Supreme Court today ruled unanimously against borrowers who sought to void second mortgages in Chapter 7 bankruptcy when their houses were worth less than the balance owed on the first mortgages. ABA filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the cases — Bank of America v. Caulkett and Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona¬ — arguing that the lower court rulings allowing junior liens to be “stripped off” did not align with previous Supreme Court rulings and would cause widespread disruption in housing markets.