Contact: John Hartgen
AUGUST CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY FILINGS FALL 11
PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR
September 2, 2011, Alexandria, Va. — August
consumer bankruptcies decreased 11 percent nationwide from August 2010,
according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), relying on data
from the National Bankruptcy Research Center (NBKRC). The data showed
that the overall consumer filing total for August declined to 113,432,
down from the 127,028 consumer filings recorded in August 2010. Each
month of 2011 has recorded fewer bankruptcies than last year.
“Consumer bankruptcies continue to decline over the past year as
households deleverage and consumer credit remains tight,” said ABI
Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “As a
result, total consumer filings will be lower in 2011 than the 1.5
million consumer cases in 2010.”
The August 2011 filings also represented a less than a 1 percent
decrease from the July 2011 consumer bankruptcy total of 113,470
filings. The percentage of chapter 13 filings for August was 30 percent,
a one percent increase from July.
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
13,000 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 Bankruptcy Institute.
Chapter 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
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 plan.
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