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Office of the U.S. Trustee v. John Q. Hammons Fall 2006, LLC

Office of the U.S. Trustee v. John Q. Hammons is a case related to fees collected on bankruptcy cases. Since the 1980s, trustees appointed by the judicial branch have administered bankruptcy cases in two states — Alabama and North Carolina — while cases in the other 48 states have been administered through the Department of Justice’s Office of the U.S. Trustee. The fees in Alabama and North Carolina were significantly lower than the fees charged in DOJ-administered states (the deficit came out of the budget for the judiciary), and in 2022 the Supreme Court ruled that the disparate fees were unconstitutional. Now, the Supreme Court will decide whether the DOJ needs to refund fees paid in 48 states since 1986 to match those charged in Alabama and North Carolina, or whether additional fees must be collected from North Carolina and Alabama debtors.

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