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Tide Shifting Back Against Bankruptcy Discharge of Student Loan Debt

Per The New Jersey Law Journal:

"In Michigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Gregg denied a request by Nathan Maas to discharge four private loans totaling $47,000 that he took out as a student at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School between 2000 and 2002.

"Judge Karen Caldwell of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on July 11 affirmed a bankruptcy court’s denial of Robert Bentley Marlow’s attempt to discharge $250,000 in student loan debt. Marlow graduated from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law in 2009 and obtained a master’s degree in social and political philosophy from the University of Tennessee a year later, according to the opinion."

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"Both Maas and Marlow represented themselves.

"By contrast, in May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the discharge of $53,000 in educational loans taken out by a 1997 graduate of Willamette University College of Law who was earning just $40,000 a year as a juvenile probation officer.

"And last June, a federal bankruptcy judge in Maryland discharged $340,000 in student loans, some of which was acquired by the plaintiff’s short stint at the University of Baltimore School of Law during the early 1990s. Her Asperger’s syndrome made repaying the loans an undue hardship, the judge ruled."

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