Amicus Brief on Arbitrability of the Discharge (Anderson v. Credit One Bank)

31 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2017  

Ralph Brubaker

University of Illinois College of Law

Robert M. Lawless

University of Illinois College of Law

Bruce Alan Markell

Northwestern University School of Law

Date Written: February 27, 2017

Abstract

This amicus brief was filed in Anderson v. Credit One Bank, No. 16-2496 (2d. Cir.). The brief explains why a debtor's claim for violation of the bankruptcy discharge injunction is not subject to a predispute arbitration agreement. The brief makes three arguments: (1) the history of the bankruptcy discharge shows Congress intentionally chose injunctive relief to enforce the bankruptcy discharge; (2) the bankruptcy discharge and discharge injunction are not "claims" against which an arbitration agreement can operate; and (3) the discharge injunction is a central piece of the Bankruptcy Code that inherently conflicts with the Federal Arbitration Act.

Keywords: bankruptcy, discharge, arbitration, arbitrability

JEL Classification: K35, K41

Suggested Citation

Brubaker, Ralph and Lawless, Robert M. and Markell, Bruce Alan, Amicus Brief on Arbitrability of the Discharge (Anderson v. Credit One Bank) (February 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2925494 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2925494

Ralph Brubaker

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

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Robert M. Lawless (Contact Author)

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Bruce Alan Markell

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

375 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
312.503.4060 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/profiles/BruceMarkell/

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