The United States Supreme Court held that when a debtor incurs a debt for punitive damages awarded as a result of the debtor having fraudulently obtained money, property, or services and the debtor subsequently seeks relief from all his debts by filing for bankruptcy, that punitive damage award will not be dischargeable under § 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code.
Cohen v. DeLa Cruz, 118 S. Ct. 1212 (1998).
Derek J. Ferace,
Bankruptcy Law - 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A) - Exceptions to Discharge,
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