Bankrupt debtors should be required to prove in court that they are unable to pay any of their obligations before judges erase their bills, industry representatives argued Tuesday.

"The consumer bankruptcy system this year will provide billions of dollars of relief to debtors without ever asking whether those debtors need that relief," said Michael F. McEneney, an attorney representing the National Consumer Bankruptcy Coalition, an industry group.

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