Tort Claims Under the Present and Proposed Bankruptcy Acts

Congress may soon enact the first complete revision of the United States bankruptcy laws in almost four decades. Among the numerous changes proposed by the legislature is a major alteration of the provability and dischargeability of tort claims asserted against the bankrupt’s estate. This article will discuss the treatment of tort claims in the present Act and the changes to be made by the proposed Act, and will evaluate alternative approaches to compensating victims of bankrupt tortfeasors.