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Jan
11

Elena Kagan’s First Supreme Court Opinion Dramatic

Justice Elena Kagan handed down her first opinion for the Supreme Court, but it isn’t one likely to be remembered by history.

New justices rarely are given important cases in their first term, and Kagan’s first effort proved to be no exception. The question was whether someone who is bankrupt could shield car payments from his creditors, even when he owned his car outright and had no actual payments.

Kagan, with only one dissent, wrote that he could not. The decision amounted to a win for credit card companies and a loss for Jason Ransom, who wanted to shield a $471 per month car payment from his creditors because this was the amount set by the Internal Revenue Service as a typical car payment.

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