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When people fall on hard times, it is sometimes necessary to file for bankruptcy. There are many different kinds of bankruptcy that have different effects on filers. Bankruptcy can help debtors work their way out from under large amounts of debt, but it can also seriously impact their lives and the lives of their families. For this reason, anyone considering filing for bankruptcy should weigh their options and consider whether bankruptcy is right for them. FindLaw’s Bankruptcy News section is the foremost source of legal news and analysis about bankruptcy, with breaking news, attorney articles and information from sources around the web.

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  • Experts: Takata bankruptcy means air bag victims get less

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:05:32 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company.

  • Puerto Rico seeks court's help to save public pension system

    Mon, 22 May 2017 19:53:02 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is seeking help from federal court to restructure the debt of the U.S. territory's public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year.

  • Puerto Rico's development bank forges deal with creditors

    Mon, 15 May 2017 19:51:07 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's development bank has entered into a deal with financial creditors that would allow it to avoid a lengthy bankruptcy proceeding, the leader of the debt-swamped U.S. island announced Monday.

  • Justices rule against consumer in debt collection case

    Mon, 15 May 2017 15:27:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that debt collection companies can't be sued for trying to recover years-old credit card debt from people who seek bankruptcy protection.

  • Puerto Rico to close 179 public schools amid crisis

    Fri, 05 May 2017 22:28:49 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is closing 179 public schools in a move expected to save more than $7 million amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday.

  • Puerto Rico faces uncertain future as debt saga unfolds

    Thu, 04 May 2017 17:09:07 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Uncertainty is spreading across Puerto Rico and the U.S. municipal bond market now that the U.S. territory has taken an unprecedented step into federal court to restructure a portion of its $73 billion debt.

  • Puerto Rico turns to courts for debt protection

    Wed, 03 May 2017 21:23:37 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor turned to the courts Wednesday to protect the U.S. territory from a crushing $73 billion debt in the largest effort ever made by a U.S. government to shield itself from creditors.

  • Puerto Rico announces huge, historic debt restructuring

    Wed, 03 May 2017 18:23:16 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor on Wednesday announced a historic restructuring of a portion of the U.S. territory's $73 billion debt through courts after negotiations with bondholders failed. The announcement marks the biggest bankruptcy-type process ever for the U.S. municipal bond market.

  • Puerto Rico announces historic debt restructuring in court

    Wed, 03 May 2017 14:49:43 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has announced a historic restructuring of a portion of the U.S. territory's $70B debt through courts after negotiations with bondholders failed.

  • Puerto Rico governor announces historic restructuring of $70B debt through courts after talks with bondholders fail.

    Wed, 03 May 2017 14:39:12 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico governor announces historic restructuring of $70B debt through courts after talks with bondholders fail.

  • Puerto Rico hit with lawsuits after litigation freeze ends

    Tue, 02 May 2017 20:54:34 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bondholders sued Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the first legal challenges to hit the U.S. territory after the expiration of a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits amid a deep economic crisis.

  • Alitalia workers wrap up voting on deal to save airline

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:05:44 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Alitalia employees have wrapped up voting on a government-brokered deal to save Italy's flagship airline from bankruptcy.

  • Alitalia workers vote on cuts to stave off bankruptcy

    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:56:21 GMT

    MILAN (AP) — Alitalia employees are voting on whether to accept a government-brokered deal to save Italy's flagship airline from bankruptcy.

  • Croatia adopts law to protect from big company failures

    Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:26:45 GMT

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's parliament on Thursday adopted an emergency law to protect the economy from large company failures after the country's biggest private-owned firm accumulated huge debts.

  • Trump's rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers

    Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:56:41 GMT

    GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — This hardscrabble Wyoming city of about 30,000 people proclaims itself the "Energy Capital of the Nation" on the mayor's blue blazer and even the parking ticket payment boxes.

  • When a tax refund means bankruptcy

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:47:02 GMT

    For many people, a tax refund means a chance to fund a vacation or splurge on a big purchase. For some, though, it's a way to wipe out crushing debt — not by paying it off, but by giving them enough money to pay for bankruptcy.

  • Liz Weston: Tax refund predators are waiting

    Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:13:28 GMT

    People who don't have much money during the rest of the year can become big targets during tax refund season.

  • The Latest: Sister says crash victim was retired from FBI

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:49:05 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in Australia that killed the Australian pilot and four American tourists (all times local):

  • The Latest: Victim co-founded Texas energy consulting firm

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:41:44 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in Australia that killed the Australian pilot and four American tourists (all times local):

  • McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:18:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years.

  • Control board outlines measures to fight Puerto Rico crisis

    Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:51:07 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances gave the governor on Tuesday a list of proposed measures to turn around the U.S. territory's economy including downsizing the government, privatizing ports and charging tourists more for certain services.