Bankruptcy Court Penalizes Debtor’s Counsel For Filing Motions to Pay Filing Fee in Installments When Counsel Received $500.00 Pre-petition Retainers, Filing Petitions Without Wet Signatures and Commingling Funds

Bankruptcy Court Penalizes Debtor’s Counsel For Filing Motions to Pay Filing Fee in Installments When Counsel Received $500.00 Pre-petition Retainers, Filing Petitions Without Wet Signatures and Commingling Funds

On August 5, 2019, the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania entered an order sanctioning Debtors’ counsel. In this miscellaneous proceeding, the Court examined the practices of a large volume bankruptcy filer in multiple cases.

Compare this result with the disbarment and report to the UST, USA, and to other disciplinary bodies in In re Pina, No. 18-15928-JKO, 2019 Bankr. LEXIS 1915, at *1 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. June 25, 2019). See NACBA case explanation at Bankruptcy Court Suspends Counsel for Changing Schedules After Signing. Employing “Trust But Verify” the Court “Peeked and Shrieked.”

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