Yesterday, the Supreme Court held in a 9-0 decision that a creditor cannot be held in contempt of court for violating a bankruptcy discharge order if there is a “fair ground of doubt” as to whether the order barred the creditor’s conduct.

This is primarily an objective standard, which depends on whether the creditor had a reasonable basis for his position. But subjective intent is still relevant; a creditor who acted in bad faith may deserve to be held in contempt, and a creditor who acted in good faith may not deserve a significant contempt sanction

Mayer Brown represented the respondents before the Supreme Court.

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