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Debt From Willful and Malicious Copyright Violation Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

Bloomberg BNA reports, “A $4.4 million damages award for copyright and trademark infringement can’t be wiped out in a Chapter 7 debtor’s bankruptcy case, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida held ( China Cent. Television v. Bhalla (In re Bhalla) , 2017 BL 291130, Bankr. M.D. Fla., No. 8:16-ap-285-KRM, 8/18/17 ).” The Debtor in this case sold an electronic device which allowed one to watch television programs for free that were sold by broadcasters who had won a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Debtor. “The court found that the judgment wasn’t dischargeable under Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(6) because [the Debtor’s] conduct was willful and malicious.” You can read the whole article here: