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Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser Outlines Current Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Law in Business Law Today

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Sept. 14, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser takes a closer look at the most pertinent issues in consumer bankruptcy law today in a recent article for the American Bar Association’s news magazine Business Law Today.

In “Current Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Law,” he explains that bankruptcy filings in 2021 dropped to its lowest number since 1984 due to the pandemic. However, he writes, “The recent increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve could have an impact on the number of bankruptcy filings. Borrowers who have adjustable rates will see their monthly payments increase. This effect, coupled with rising prices and supply chain issues, may cause consumers to look to bankruptcy to reorganize or seek a fresh start.”

Mr. Hochheiser also discusses the impacts of the Small Business Reorganization Act and the Paycheck Protection Program on commercial filings and sums up recent case law activity regarding automatic stay violations, Chapter 13 dismissals, and itemizations in proofs of claim.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Speak on Bankruptcy Appellate Case Law at ABA Business Law Hybrid Section Annual Meeting

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Sept. 8, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser, chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, will speak on recent developments in bankruptcy appellate case law during the ABA Business Law Hybrid Section Annual Meeting on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 am ET.

The meeting will be presented Sept. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. and also online for those who opt to attend virtually. To register, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Speak on Current State of Bankruptcy and Fraud Litigation

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March 15, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser will speak on the current state of bankruptcy and fraud litigation on March 24 in Newark, Ohio.

In his talk at the annual training conference of the Ohio Council on Welfare Fraud, Mr. Hochheiser will review the current state of bankruptcy filings and what to expect moving forward, provide solutions for recovery in bankruptcy proceedings, and discuss current litigation involving non-dischargeable issues for fraud and conversion.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. He currently serves as chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Moderate Panel on Bankruptcy Appellate Case Law at ABA Business Law Virtual Section Annual Meeting

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Sept. 13, 2021 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser, chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, will moderate a panel discussion on recent developments in bankruptcy appellate case law during the ABA Business Law Virtual Section Annual Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 1:45 pm CT.

The three-day meeting will be presented virtually. To register, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser Examines Consumer Bankruptcy Trends During the Pandemic in Business Law Today

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July 7, 2021 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser has written an article for the American Bar Association’s news magazine Business Law Today in which he takes a closer look at consumer bankruptcy developments during the COVID-19 pandemic including filing trends, Supreme Court cases, proposed legislation and the arena of consumer protection cases in bankruptcy proceedings.

In “Consumer Bankruptcy in the Age of COVID-19,” he writes, “The last year and half was a time to be remembered in Bankruptcy Law. It started with an eye on increasing the ability of small businesses to utilize the Chapter 11 process in a more efficient and less expensive way, which led to record number of commercial filings, a reduction in consumer filings, and a test of the bankruptcy system.”

“Six months into 2021, we have not seen the feared tsunami of consumer bankruptcy filings. Bankruptcy courts are not overwhelmed. This lack of an increase in bankruptcies could extend for a substantial period of time as businesses reopen, COVID restrictions are released, consumers begin to spend and travel, and certain states and the government look to resume foreclosure and eviction moratoriums. We optimistically wait to see what the second half of 2021 brings,” he writes.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Webinar: Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Speak on Credit Reporting and Bankruptcy

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May 18, 2021 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser will participate in a panel discussion about credit reporting in and after bankruptcy during a webinar May 24 at 1 pm ET.

In this webinar, Mr. Hochheiser and the panel will talk about the pitfalls that companies in the accounts receivable management industry need to watch out for when dealing with credit reporting during the bankruptcy process, and how to address these topics within their organizations.

“Credit Reporting and Bankruptcy” is being presented by AccountsRecovery.net. To register for the complimentary webinar, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser Explains Bankruptcy Process, Options

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April 27, 2021 ­— Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser discusses the bankruptcy process in a recent Cleveland Jewish News article and whether a consumer or business should consider filing or first attempt a workout.

While bankruptcy can give debtors and troubled businesses a fresh start, Mr. Hochheiser advises parties to communicate with creditors first.

“Reach out, try to come up with a repayment program so you don’t need to file bankruptcy. Especially with the COVID pandemic going on, creditors are more apt to look to work out situations,” Mr. Hochheiser says.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Speak on Bankruptcy Developments During the Pandemic at ABA Business Law Virtual Spring Meeting

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April 14, 2021 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser will moderate a virtual panel discussion on consumer bankruptcy developments during the Covid-19 pandemic during the ABA Business Law Virtual Spring Meeting on Thursday, April 22 at 10:45 am CT.

For more information and to register, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher Launches ‘Bankruptcy & Beyond’ Podcast

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April 7, 2021 — National business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP has launched a new podcast series “Bankruptcy & Beyond” to discuss current bankruptcy trends facing both consumers and companies in the United States. Hosting the podcast is Maurice Wutscher principal Alan Hochheiser, a leading practitioner in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law.

The first episode, Bankruptcy in the Age of Covid-19, discusses filing trends, legislation, and what to look for in 2021.

“2020 is a year to be remembered in bankruptcy law. The year started with an eye on increasing the ability of small businesses to utilize the Chapter 11 process in a more efficient and less expensive way. This led to a record number of Chapter 11 filings, a reduction in consumer filings, and a real test of the bankruptcy system. What will 2021 look like?” Mr. Hochheiser prefaces.

Alan Hochheiser advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser Appointed Chair of Consumer Bankruptcy Committee of ABA Business Law Section

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Oct. 7, 2020 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser has been appointed chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

He will serve a three-year term on the committee whose mission is to provide a forum where those interested in all aspects of consumer bankruptcy can share ideas and influence statutory reform.

“As we face uncertainty in the consumer bankruptcy arena due to Covid-19, the committee looks forward to working with its members to confront the challenges that practitioners, courts and judges will be facing in the next year,” Mr. Hochheiser said. “The committee’s goal is to provide a forum for continued communication and learning to help advance the consumer bankruptcy practice. I look forward to working with all of our committee members and welcome their input.”

A principal at Maurice Wutscher LLP, Mr. Hochheiser is a leading practitioner in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. He advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors.

Maurice Wutscher is a national business and financial services law firm.