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Student Loan Discharge Granted to Jekessa Johnson in Bankruptcy Case No. 22-31756 Following New DOE Guidance 

Posted by Jeffrey Butwinick | Nov 27, 2023 | 0 Comments


Minneapolis, MN – [November 27, 2023] – In a groundbreaking decision that aligns with the new student loan bankruptcy discharge guidance issued by the Department of Education (DOE) on November 17, 2022, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota has approved the discharge of student loan debt for Jekessa Johnson in case no. 22-31756. This resolution, achieved through a stipulation with the Department of Education, marks a significant moment for individuals seeking relief from burdensome student loan debt through bankruptcy. 

**Background of the Case** 

Jekessa Johnson, confronted with insurmountable financial difficulties, filed for bankruptcy in the District of Minnesota. Under the new guidance issued by the DOE, which aims to provide a more streamlined and equitable process for borrowers seeking a student loan discharge in bankruptcy, Ms. Johnson's case was re-evaluated. This reassessment led to a mutual agreement, or stipulation, with the Department of Education, acknowledging the undue hardship her student loans were causing. 

**Details of the New DOE Guidance** 

The new guidance issued by the DOE provides a clearer framework for determining when a borrower can have their student loans discharged in bankruptcy. It is designed to reduce the adversarial nature of bankruptcy proceedings involving student loan debts and to ensure fair and just treatment for borrowers demonstrating undue hardship. 

**Implications of the Decision** 

This case illustrates the practical impact of the DOE's revised approach to student loan discharges in bankruptcy and signals a potential shift in the landscape of student debt relief. It offers hope to many who are struggling under the weight of student loans and highlights the evolving nature of bankruptcy law in this area. 

**Comments from Jekessa Johnson** 
"Thanks to my attorney's diligent efforts, I received the fantastic news that my student loans had been successfully eliminated!! The weight lifted off my shoulders is nothing short of life-changing. I can finally breathe freely, without the constant burden of debt hanging over me. 
I cannot express how grateful I am for my attorney's support and expertise.  His dedication and commitment to my case were unwavering, and the impact he has had on my life is immeasurable. I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff Butwinick to anyone struggling with student loan debt – He is truly a life-changer, and I am living proof of that. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me a fresh start and a brighter future."

If you are struggling with student loan debt, or any other type of debt, contact Butwinick Law Office today and we can help you determine if bankruptcy is the right option for you.

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Jeffrey Butwinick

Practice Areas Jeff specializes in providing legal counsel to small business clients, and assisting clients in their personal and/or business bankruptcy petitions. He also helps people who have been subjected to illegal collection efforts. Current Practice Areas: Personal bankruptcy, small b...


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