Reimagine Damages: Automatic Stay and Discharge Violations in Bankruptcy Court

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May 23, 2018
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The guidelines that courts use to calculate the actual damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees allowed for bankruptcy stay and discharge violations are constantly evolving. The webinar will highlight new trends in the law and share the newest court decisions and verdicts regarding damage awards. The webinar will also address whether the automatic stay ends on the date of discharge or continues thereafter for actions that relate back to events during the bankruptcy.

Finally, the webinar will examine whether punitive damages are available for discharge violations under contempt.  The emphasis of the discussion will be on developing cases to maximize damage awards. This webinar is geared to intermediate and advanced consumer attorneys.

What You Will Learn

  • How to develop automatic stay cases to maximize damages following the In re Sundquist decision.
  • How to set up discharge violation cases to overcome the discretionary nature of a contempt action.
  • How to look at post-discharge collection actions as potential litigation instead of the necessary obligations of a bankruptcy practice.


Christina L. Henry is an attorney with Henry & DeGraaff, PS, in Seattle, WA. The firm has a consumer bankruptcy and litigation practice. The litigation focuses on bankruptcy issues under the automatic stay, violations of the bankruptcy discharge, and litigation under the FDCPA, FCRA, and the Washington State Consumer Protection Act.


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