From the Supreme Court Blog —
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to spell out the right of a debtor to change a Chapter 7 proceeding into a Chapter 13 case. The case is Marrama v., Citizens Bank of Massachusetts (05-996).
In that case, the First Circuit Court ruled that the right to convert such a case is not absolute, and can be denied in some circumstances. The appeal of Robert Louis Marrama argues that the actual language of the federal bankruptcy law does make that right absolute. In his case, the conversion was denied on the basis of a bankruptcy court finding that the request was made in bad faith
Click here for the First Circuit Opinion.