Contact: John Hartgen
CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY FILINGS UP 37 PERCENT IN
June 2, 2009, Alexandria, Va.— U.S. consumer bankruptcy
filings rose 37 percent nationwide in May from the same period a year
ago, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), relying on
data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center (NBKRC). The overall
May consumer filing total of 124,838 was roughly level from the April
total of 125,618. Chapter 13 filings constituted 27 percent of all
consumer cases in May, slightly above the April rate.
“As consumers continue to face increasing levels of unemployment
and rising foreclosure rates, bankruptcy filings will continue to
accelerate as families seek financial relief from the tough economic
climate,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “We
predict more than 1.4 million new bankruptcies by year
ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization
dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency.
ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased
analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than
12,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders,
turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a
forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional
information on ABI, visit www.abiworld.org. For additional
conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.
NBKRC is an online research center that offers subscribers access to
up-to-date research and statistics on bankruptcy filings. The database
contains complete information dating back to 1995. For more information
on NBKRC, please visit http://www.nbkrc.com.
*Definitions from Bankruptcy
Overview: Issues, Law and Policy, by the American
7 of the Bankruptcy Code is available to
both individual and business debtors. Its purpose is to achieve a fair
distribution to creditors of the debtor’s available non-exempt
property. Unsecured debts not reaffirmed are discharged, providing
a fresh financial start.
Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy
Code is available for both business and consumer debtors. Its purpose is
to rehabilitate a business as a going concern or reorganize an
individual’s finances through a court-approved reorganization
Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy
Code is designed to give special debt relief to a family farmer with
regular income from farming.
Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code is available for an
individual with regular income whose debts do not exceed specific
amounts; it is typically used to budget some of the debtor’s
future earnings under a plan through which unsecured creditors are paid
in whole or in part