A judgment of sanctions against a lawyer in the form of defense costs is a nondischargeable debt in bankruptcy, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

In Ball v. A.O. Smith Corporation, 05-1152-bk, the court found that the debt is nondischargeable because it is a “willful and malicious injury by the debtor to another” for purposes of �523(a)(6) of the Bankruptcy Code.

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