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Bankruptcy Filings Tumble in March, 2012

Bankruptcy filings in March were higher accross the country than April but 17% lower than March a-year-ago.   Prof. Bob Lawless has an interesting analysis of filing trends you can access here.

2007        2008      2009      2010 %      2011 % 2012
Jan 55,200 70,300 89,000 102,600 15% 102,200 0% 87,900 -14%
Feb 58,800 79,500 102,000 117,800 15% 109,600 -7% 104,400 -5%
March 73,100 90,400 131,000 159,200 22% 146,400 -8% 122,100 -17%
April 67,800 93,200 128,700 146,200 14% 129,800 -11%
May 69,900 89,700 120,400 133,500 11% 122,800 -8%
June 67,300 89,900 124,800 133,850 7% 120,700 -10%
July 69,100 96,400 130,500 134,600 3% 110,200 -18%
Aug 77,100 94,300 120,000 135,600 13% 120,900 -11%
Sept 67,500 96,200 125,500 134,000 7% 110,400 -18%
Oct 81,200 108,900 130,200 129,700 0% 111,500 -14%
Nov 74,200 91,400 115,500 118,100 2% 98,500 -17%
Dec 65,900 95,900 117,000 114,700 -2% 96,500 -16%
827,100 1,096,100 1,434,600 1,559,850 9% 1,379,500 -12%  

New Book from Prof. Katie Porter

A few listserv members might be interested in a new book called Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class (available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/yslcVQ  among other places). The Amazon page has a table of contents and more information.

The book editor is Katie Porter, a law professor at UC-Irvine and Bankr-L list member. The chapters are from academics in economics, sociology, psychology, political science, and law (including two from me). For academics on the list, Katie Porter and Debb Thorne have syllabi that use the book for classes in law and sociology, respectively.

Bob

– Robert M. Lawless Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Illinois Program on Law, Behavior & Social Science University of Illinois College of Law