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Docket Number16-1215
Term2017
Full NameLamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP v. R. Scott Appling
Short NameLamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP v. R. Scott Appling
PetitionerLamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP
RespondentR. Scott Appling
Date Argued (Reargued)April 17, 2018
Date Decided

Question Presented

The Bankruptcy Code prohibits the discharge of "any debt ... for money, property, [or] services ... to the extent obtained by ... false pretenses, a false representation, or actual fraud, other than a statement respecting the debtor's ... financial condition." 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2). Three Circuits have held that a statement concerning a specific asset of the debtor cannot be a "statement respecting the debtor's ... financial condition." Two Circuits, including the Eleventh Circuit below, have held that it can be. Based on that interpretation, the Eleventh Circuit here reversed the bankruptcy court's conclusion that the debt at issue "is nondischargeable," App. 14a, even though it is based on a fraudulent statement. The question presented is whether (and, if so, when) a statement concerning a specific asset can be a "statement respecting the debtor's ... financial condition” within Section 523(a)(2).

Case Events

NoDateDescription
15 2018-02-26Joint Appendix submitted.
14 2018-02-26Brief of Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP submitted.
13 2018-02-23SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
12 2018-01-12Petition GRANTED.
11 2018-01-08DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/12/2018.
10 2018-01-02Second supplemental brief of respondent R. Scott Appling filed. (Distributed)
9 2017-12-01Supplemental brief of respondent R. Scott Appling filed. (Distributed)
8 2017-11-29DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/5/2018.
7 2017-11-09Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
6 2017-06-19The Acting Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
5 2017-05-31Reply of petitioner Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP filed. (Distributed)
4 2017-05-30DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 15, 2017.
3 2017-05-25Brief of respondent R. Scott Appling in opposition filed.
2 2017-05-05Order extending time to file response to petition to and including May 25, 2017.
1 2017-04-11Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 11, 2017)

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Gregory George GarreLamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLPCounsel of RecordLatham & Watkins LLP555 11th Street, NWSuite 1000Washington, DC 20004gregory.garre@lw.com202-637-2207petitioner
Gregory G. GarreLamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLPCounsel of RecordLatham & Watkins, LLP555 11th Street, N.W.Suite 1000Washington, DC 20004gregory.garre@lw.com(202) 637-2207petitioner
Noel J. FranciscoUnited StatesCounsel of RecordSolicitor GeneralUnited States Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20530-0001SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov202-514-2217other
Paul Whitfield HughesR. Scott ApplingCounsel of RecorMayer Brown LLP1999 K Street NWWashington, DC 20006phughes@mayerbrown.com(202) 263-3000respondent
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