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Legal English: “Objection to Dischargeability”

An “objection to dischargeability” is an objection by a creditor to the wiping out of a particular debt pursuant to a discharge obtained at the end of a bankruptcy case. Obtaining as comprehensive a discharge as possible is one of the main goals of most debtors...

Legal English: “Joint Petition”

In general, a “joint petition” is a request made to a court or other authority that is submitted and signed by two or more parties, as opposed to just one. Most commonly, joint petitions are submitted by married couples...

Case Study: PPL Corp. et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

In PPL Corp. et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Docket No. 12-43 (Opinion May 20, 2013), a circuit split regarding an issue of international taxation was resolved. The specific question at issue was...

Why Are U.S. Contracts So Long?

A question many lawyers from civil law jurisdictions ask when they first see a contract draft from a U.S. lawyer is:
“Why is it so long!?”
Some will conclude that U.S. contracts …

Legal English: “Writ”

A “writ” is a fairly archaic term for an official order issued by a governmental authority, most commonly a court. Two familiar types of writs are warrants (for the arrest of an individual) and subpoenas (used in civil proceedings and business litigation to order the production of documents)...