In Re: Fulton

The city of Chicago boots and then impounds cars that have accrued two or more unpaid parking tickets. (City officials call these car owners “scofflaws”; the vast majority hail from low-income and minority communities.) The city won’t release a car until its owner pays all the fines and fees, even if the owner has filed for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Seventh Circuit: Filing a bankruptcy petition triggers an automatic stay that requires the city to return the cars. Give those cars back. (IJ is currently suing Chicago over a different aspect of the city’s impound program.)

Tags: 2019, Bankruptcy, Property Rights, Seventh Circuit

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