Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Christina L. Henry (argued) and Jacob DeGraaff , Henry, DeGraaff, & McCormick, P.S., Seattle, WA, for Appellant.
Amit D. Ranade (argued) and Alexander M. Wu , Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S., Seattle, WA, for Appellee.
Opinion by Judge McKeown; Concurrence by Judge Watford.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
McKEOWN, Circuit Judge:
This is the story of how a bankruptcy filing listing a $575 payday loan snowballed into a violation of the automatic stay, and protracted litigation, which left a stressed borrower with attorneys' fees and emotional distress. When the automatic stay that accompanies a bankruptcy filing is violated, the bankruptcy petitioner is entitled to recover damages and attorneys' fees. 11 U.S.C. § 362(k)(1). The issue we consider...
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