Thursday, July 14, 2016

Erin Andrews's Stalker Gets No Forgiveness in Bankruptcy

Erin Andrews’s claim against the stalker guy who videotaped her through a hotel door peephole got a $55 million judgment jointly against the stalker (Barrett) and the hotel.  Barrett filed for bankruptcy to discharge his debt to her (51% of the $55 million, the hotel was liable for the balance). Erin objected to discharge of her claim on grounds that under section 523(a)(6) it was for “willful and malicious injury.”  (Section 526(a) is  my personal favorite exception to discharge, however  sec. 523(a)(4) “fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity” is a close second).  Anyhoo—the bankruptcy court agreed with Ms. Andrews.  Creeper Barrett gets no forgiveness in bankruptcy.

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