The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy dropped 6% in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the previous year, two industry groups said Monday.
As the U.S. economy struggles to recover from a deep recession, the number of Americans filing for bankruptcy continues to rise dramatically.
The total number of bankruptcies filed in the third quarter surged 33% in 2009 and is at the highest level since 2005, according to data released Wednesday.
The number of Americans filing personal bankruptcies surged 9% in October and were on target for the highest annual total in four years, according to a report issued Wednesday.
Personal bankruptcies topped the 1 million mark in the first nine months of the year, the first time it has done so in four years, according to an industry research firm released Friday.
Consumer bankruptcies surged in July to their highest level since October 2005 as U.S. households struggle under the burden of past debt and rising unemployment.
U.S. consumer bankruptcy filings rose 37% nationwide in May from the same time a year ago. And more Americans are filing Chapter 13 -- the type of bankruptcy where you have to pay back some of your debt -- rather than Chapter 7 -- which your slate is wiped clean. The American Bankruptcy Institute expects almost one and a half million new bankruptcies by the end of the year.
Bankruptcy filings by American consumers surged in February, according to a new report Wednesday.
Bankruptcy filings by American consumers increased nearly a third in 2008, according to a new report.
In 2005, Congress passed a bill aimed at reducing the number of personal bankruptcy filings. But that was before a housing meltdown, a credit crunch and a global economic downturn.
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The number of individuals filing for bankruptcy surged during the first-quarter as American households struggled to stay on top of debt, according to a report released Wednesday.
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The number of Americans filing for consumer bankruptcy increased by nearly 40 percent in 2007, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
A surge in bankruptcies last month may be a signal that the fallout from the nation's mortgage crisis is spreading, an expert said Wednesday.
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One consumer group estimates that 600,000 foreclosures could be avoided over the next two years by making a simple change to the bankruptcy code.
American Home Mortgage Investment bounced property tax checks for some Maryland homeowners, local and state officials said Monday, and they have demanded an explanation from the bankrupt mortgage lender and servicer.
Americans aged 55 and older are filing for bankruptcy at a faster rate than the general population, a study released Friday reveals.
The number Americans filing for bankruptcy tumbled to its lowest level in nearly two decades last year - in part because filings had surged in late 2005 before a new bankruptcy law went into effect.
After a series of deep pay and benefit cuts since 2004, Delta Air Line employees are about to get improved pay and cash bonuses.
Delta Air Lines management could agree to open the door to future deals in an effort to win crucial support in its effort to fight off a hostile takeover bid by US Airways Group, according to a published report.
The number of bankruptcy filings dropped significantly in 2006, a year after reforms were passed to amend U.S. bankruptcy law in hopes of curtailing fraud and abuse in the system.
Trying to fend off a hostile bid from US Airways Group, Delta Air Lines is close to presenting a reorganization plan to the bankruptcy court that will estimate its value as an independent company at between $10 billion to $12 billion, according to a published report.
US Airways Wednesday made a surprise $8 billion offer to buy its bigger rival Delta Air Lines, a bid that could spark a round of mergers leaving the United States with just a handful of major airlines.
When the new bankruptcy reform law went into effect a year ago, there was no shortage of nightmare predictions.
A federal judge blocked flight attendants from a strike at Northwest Airlines Friday afternoon, just hours before the union had said it would start to disrupt operations at the nation's No. 5 carrier.
A group representing retired pilots is asking for a delay in a bankruptcy court hearing into whether the airline can dump its pension plans on a federal agency, saying new legislation may allow the troubled airline to hang onto its retirement plan.
Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines won the right from a bankruptcy court judge to go on strike on Aug. 25 at the nation's No. 5 airline.
There has been progress in talks aimed at reaching a new labor agreement that could avoid a crippling strike at bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi and shutdown of operations at General Motors, according to a Delphi spokesman.
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The head of the United Auto Workers union promised to work with bankrupt auto parts makers and troubled U.S. automakers to help turn around the struggling sector, but also said that the industry can not downsize itself to success.
Lawyers for Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants union were due to face off in bankruptcy court Friday over whether management at the nation's No. 5 airline can impose a contract rejected by 80 percent of the union's members.
The U.S. pension insurer has appealed a bankruptcy court decision allowing Delta Air Lines Inc. to implement a new pilots' contract that includes payments to pilots in case their pension plan is turned over to the agency.
Bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi is seeking permission to pay about $60 million in bonuses to its white-collar employees, at the same time it is trying to cut the pay of its union-represented workers by about 40 percent.
Racing against a Saturday deadline, Delta Air Lines and its pilots union continued talks Friday that could determine if the pilots go on strike and whether the nation's No. 2 air carrier stays in business.
Delta Air Lines and its pilots union could soon be flying into uncharted legal territory that could determine if the pilots go on strike and whether the nation's No. 2 air carrier stays in business.
General Motors is stockpiling parts in preparation for a possible strike at parts supplier Delphi, according to GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, but he conceded the company will not be able to operate if there is a prolonged job action there.
One of these days General Motors will have some good news. But it's tough to remember the last time it had one of those days.
The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy jumped 30 percent last year to the highest on record as debtors rushed to file petitions before new restrictions took effect, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Northwest Airlines and its pilots union continued talks Wednesday to stop a bankruptcy court from sparking a perhaps fatal strike at the nation's No. 5 airline.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Ninety-seven percent of consumers seeking to file for bankruptcy so far this year cannot afford to pay back their debts, according to a survey by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA).
A bankruptcy court Wednesday allowed Delta Air Lines Inc. to implement a severance plan for its senior managers, overruling objections by the troubled airline's pilots.
General Motors Corp. told investors Friday that it expects improved financial performance this year and further gains in 2007, but its stock fell further as executives at the embattled automaker still did not give any guidance on results or when it expects to return to profitability.
The number of consumer bankruptcy filings surged to a record high in 2005 amid changes to bankruptcy law, according to a survey released Wednesday.
UAL Corp., parent company of United Airlines , is considering paying Chief Executive Glenn Tilton $15 million in stock after the carrier emerges from bankruptcy, according to a media report Wednesday.
A survey of top auto executives around the globe released Wednesday found that three out of four are expecting another major bankruptcy -- like parts maker Delphi -- in the sector this year, and just more than half expect one of the major automakers will disappear through consolidation by 2008.
Northwest Airlines, which has already outsourced many jobs formerly performed by its mechanics union to outside contractors and replacement workers, is now looking to make deep cuts in the work done by its unionized flight attendants.
A new bankruptcy law goes into effect today, making it harder for consumers to prove that they should be allowed to clear their debts in what's known as a "fresh start" -- or Chapter 7 -- bankruptcy.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Bankruptcy filings in the past few weeks have spiked to record highs as consumers rushed to file before a new, more stringent bankruptcy law takes effect on Monday, Oct. 17.
Declaring bankruptcy is about to get ugly. On October 17th, a new bankruptcy law will make it harder for people with incomes higher than the average to file for bankruptcy.
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Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines could be tipped to filing for bankruptcy protections in September in order to be covered by an existing bankruptcy law rather than more restrictive legislation that will take effect in October, according to a published report.
Disgraced former energy giant Enron is once again flexing its lobbying muscle in Washington, trying to convince lawmakers to strike a provision that would allow a group of Western utility companies to get out of paying Enron big fees for terminating their contracts with the bankrupt firm, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.
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America West Holdings Corp. and bankrupt US Airways Group announced the two have reached a merger agreement Thursday.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a bankruptcy reform bill that will make it harder for individuals to clear their debts through bankruptcy.
US Airways mistakenly sold round-trip flights for $1.86 to more than 1,000 customers over the weekend.
President Bush is soon expected to sign into law a bill that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for many consumers to wipe away their debts through bankruptcy.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - In a widely expected move, the House on Thursday approved a bankruptcy reform bill that has already passed the Senate.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Those who are least able to pay their bills are likely to see a price hike in the coming months if they file for bankruptcy.
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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - If you were thinking about filing for bankruptcy to clear your debts, you might think twice ... or act twice as quickly.
The Senate on Wednesday rebuffed a Democratic attempt to provide senior homeowners special federal protection from a proposed law making it harder for people to erase their debts in bankruptcy.
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Delta Air Lines' pilots union said early Thursday it had reached a tentative agreement with the airline to cut flight crew wages by nearly a third, saving the airline about $1 billion annually and giving it a chance to stay out of bankruptcy court.
Bankrupt airline US Airways announced Friday it reached a tentative concession deal with union negotiators for its pilots that will save the company about $300 million a year in labor costs.
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