Can filing for bankruptcy nullify a civil case that has been dismissed and reopened since 2004? 13 Answers as of May 16, 2013

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Philip R. Boardman, Attorney at Law
Philip R. Boardman, Attorney at Law | Phil Boardman
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 5/16/2013
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
Generally speaking, yes.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 5/8/2013
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
Yes, just give them proper notice.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/8/2013
The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu
The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu | Mengjun Qiu
Bankruptcy cannot nullify a valid judgment, or an ongoing law suit. What bankruptcy does is discharge the financial liability created by a valid judgment, potential liability in ongoing lawsuits, and suspend ongoing lawsuits. Unless the plaintiff in that case claimed fraud, intentional injury to the plaintiff's person or property, or injury caused while you were driving under influence. Liabilities created by any of those lawsuits is not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 5/3/2013
Law Offices of Joseph A. Mannis
Law Offices of Joseph A. Mannis | Todd Mannis
Yes, even if a judgment, that debt can be eliminated, unless it's a judgment based on fraud.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/3/2013
    Rosenberg & Press
    Rosenberg & Press | Max L. Rosenberg
    Yes. However it will not stop a criminal case from reaching conclusion.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Portland Bankruptcy Law Group
    Portland Bankruptcy Law Group | Christopher J. Kane
    Yes, the filing of a bankruptcy will put a hold on the lawsuit. Depending on the type of lawsuit and the allegations in the lawsuit, it might be discharged in the bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    Are you asking if a civil case may be included in a bankruptcy? The answer is yes. You must include it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Guardian Law Group PLLC
    Guardian Law Group PLLC | C. David Hester
    It may depending on the type of damages claimed in the civil case.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    As a general rule, a bankruptcy can discharge the responsibility for paying the judgment. It does not nullify the judgment. Some types of judgments are not eligible to be discharged in bankrutpcy, such as judgments for alimony, child support, student loans, and damages for matters that may be considered as criminal in nature, for example, damages due to a drunk driving accident.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Law Offices of A. J. Mitchell, LLC
    Law Offices of A. J. Mitchell, LLC | A. J. Mitchell
    It depends on what type of civil case to which you are referring. Need more information before commenting further.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    Unless the civil case is for fraud, bankruptcy will discharge most debts, including lawsuits.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Idaho Bankruptcy Law | Paul Ross
    Generally speaking a bankruptcy will discharge a debt in a civil case. There are exceptions and without knowing more about the lawsuit cannot really give much more than that.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 5/3/2013
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