Vicki Harding

Vicki Harding

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Limited Liability Companies: Handle Bankrupt LLC Members With Care

Walro v. The Lee Group Holding Co., LLC (In re Lee), 524 B.R. 798 (Bankr. S.D. Ind. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that (1) a debtor’s voting rights in a limited liability company (LLC) were...more

4/22/2015 - Consumer Bankruptcy Limited Liability Companies Members Voting Rights

Transferee Liability: The Lottery Ticket/Uranium Contract Rule

Mano-Y&M Ltd. v. Field (In re Mortgage Store, Inc.), 773 F.3d 990 (9th Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a transfer by the debtor as a fraudulent conveyance and then to recover funds disbursed by the...more

4/17/2015 - Appeals Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Fraudulent Conveyance Real Estate Transfers Strict Liability

Mortgage Claims: Sometimes the Debtor Wins, and Sometimes the Lender Wins

Brandywine Townhouses, Inc. v. Fed. Nat’l Mortgage Ass’n (In re Brandywine Townhouses, Inc.), 518 B.R. 671 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2014) – The debtor objected to a secured creditor’s claim on a number of grounds: it did not...more

4/8/2015 - Affordable Housing Commercial Bankruptcy Default Mortgages Non-Profits Prepayment Penalties Section 502 Secured Creditors

Appeals: Try, Try Again – If You Can Get Your Foot in the Door You May Succeed

Rev Op Group v. ML Manager LLC (In re Mortgages Ltd.), 771 F.3d 623 (9th Cir. 2014) – Under the terms of a debtor’s confirmed plan of reorganization, an entity (ML Manager) was designated to manage the debtor’s...more

4/1/2015 - Agency Relationship Bankruptcy Plans Commercial Bankruptcy Mortgages Real Estate Investments Real Estate Transfers

Manufactured Home Lien: Forget Perfection, You Need To Have A Lien In The First Place

Morris v. Ark Valley Credit Union (In re Gracy), 522 B.R. 686 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a credit union’s security interest in a manufactured home by asserting his strong arm powers as a...more

3/25/2015 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Manufactured Housing Personal Property Secured Lenders UCC UCC Financing Statements

Terminating a Lease Prior to Bankruptcy: Tricks and Traps

As many commercial landlords can attest based on experience, a tenant that files bankruptcy receives the benefit of rights and protections under the Bankruptcy Code that it would not have outside of bankruptcy. Among other...more

3/19/2015 - Commercial Bankruptcy Commercial Leases Lease Termination Section 365

Lost Mortgage Notes: Those Pesky State UCC Variations

Desmond v Raymond C. Green, Inc. (In re Harborhouse of Gloucester, LLC), 523 B.R. 749 (1st Cir. BAP 2014) – A Chapter 7 trustee objected to the proof of claim filed by a downstream assignee of a lost mortgage note. ...more

3/18/2015 - Assignments Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Mortgages Secured Loans UCC

Lease Claims: You Snooze, You Lose

In re Sky Ventures, LLC, 523 B.R. 163 (Bankr. D. Minn. 2014) – After a debtor obtained court approval to retroactively reject a lease as of the bankruptcy filing date, the landlord moved to reset the rejection date and for...more

3/11/2015 - Commercial Bankruptcy Commercial Leases Priority Debt Unsecured Creditors

Mortgage Notes: Those Nasty Assignments!

In re Baber, 523 B.R. 156 (Bankr. E.D. Ark. 2014) – The debtors objected to a proof of claim filed on behalf of a mortgagee based on issues arising from assignment of the mortgage note by the lender that originated the...more

3/6/2015 - Assignments Commercial Bankruptcy Consumer Bankruptcy Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Proof of Claims Standing UCC

Environmental Liability: Relief Through Bankruptcy Or Not?

In re Appalachian Fuel, LLC, 521 B.R. 779 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) – A state department of environmental protection (DEP) filed an administrative expense application in the bankruptcy cases of coal mining debtors for...more

3/4/2015 - Coal Industry Coal Mines Commercial Bankruptcy Environmental Liability Environmental Remediation Costs

Sale Orders: Ignore at Your Peril, Even After the Bankruptcy Case is Closed

Bombart v. The Family Center at Sunrise, LLC, 520 B.R. 300 (S.D. Fla. 2014) – The owner of assets purchased in a bankruptcy sale sought to reopen a closed bankruptcy case to obtain an order enjoining the owner of the...more

2/27/2015 - Business Assets Commercial Bankruptcy Sale of Assets

Substantive Consolidation: When Abuse Goes Too Far An LLC Will Not Shield Assets

In re Carroll, 520 B.R. 491 (Bankr. M.D. La. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to substantively consolidate the bankruptcy estates of individual chapter 7 debtors with the separate bankruptcy estate of their wholly owned...more

2/24/2015 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Debt Consolidation Limited Liability Companies Real Estate Transfers

Land Contracts: Mortgage Priority and Other Complications

Liebzeit v. Intercity State Bank (In re Blanchard), 520 B.R. 740 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. 2014) – A Chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage on the debtors’ property using the “strong arm” powers of a hypothetical bona...more

2/20/2015 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Land Contract Mortgage Lenders Priority Debt Secured Lenders

Surety Bonds: Direct Claims v Derivative Claims – Who Knew?

New Bern Riverfront Dev., LLC v Weaver Cooke Constr., LLC (In re New Bern Riverfront Dev. LLC), 521 B.R. 718 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 2014) – The debtor made claims against a surety that issued a performance bond in connection with a...more

2/13/2015 - Construction Contracts Construction Industry Contractors Default Derivative Claims Performance Bonds Surety & Fidelity

Attorney Fees: Following Local Law Can Mean the Difference Between Collecting or Not

Southside, LLC v SunTrust Bank (In re Southside, LLC), 520 B.R. 914 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2014) – A debtor objected to attorney fees included in the proof of claim filed by a mortgagee, and the mortgagee moved for relief...more

2/10/2015 - Attorney's Fees Commercial Bankruptcy Forbearance Agreements Guarantors Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Proof of Claims SunTrust

Lease Damage Claim: Federal or State Law – Flip A Coin?

Broadfoot v. Jamestown Mgmt. Corp. (In re Int’l BioChemical Indus., Inc.), 521 B.R. 395 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee objected to the claim of a creditor/lessor on the basis that it should be disallowed...more

2/6/2015 - Chapter 7 Commercial Leases Consumer Bankruptcy Judgment Creditors Lease Termination Patents

Real Estate Sales: Fixtures Can Be In the Eye of the Beholder (a/k/a Boilerplate Matters)

In re Trackwell, 520 B.R. 788 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. 2014) – The successful bidder at a bankruptcy auction of a ranch claimed that a cattle chute was included in the sold assets.  The debtors disagreed.  Resolution of the dispute...more

2/3/2015 - Auction Fixtures Real Estate Transfers

Real Estate Cases: You May Want to Think Twice Before You File

Branch Bank & Trust Co. v. Michael’s Enterprises of Virginia, Inc. (In re Michael’s Enterprises of Virginia, Inc.), 519 B.R. 916 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014)  – A mortgage lender sought sanctions against the debtor, its sole...more

1/30/2015 - Banks Commercial Bankruptcy Improper Benefit Mortgage Lenders Sanctions Shareholders

Real Estate Cases: Bad Faith Filing Does Not Necessarily Mean That You Are A Bad Person

In re Sterling Bluff Investors, LLC, 515 B.R. 902 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2014) – A mortgagee moved to dismiss a real estate debtor’s chapter 11 case, or in the alternative for relief from the automatic stay. It contended...more

1/27/2015 - Automatic Stay Bad Faith Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Limited Liability Companies Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Real Estate Development

Post-Confirmation: Ignoring Court Orders Is Not A Good Idea

In re Castle Home Builders, Inc., 520 B.R. 98 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014) – The debtors obtained confirmation of plans of reorganization that restructured prepetition mortgage loans.  When the servicer for some of the...more

1/23/2015 - Bank of America Commercial Bankruptcy Contractors General Contractors Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Servicers Mortgages Reorganizations Secured Lenders

Bankruptcy Sales: “It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over”

Great Plains Royalty Corp. v. Earl Schwartz Co. (In re Great Plains Royalty Corp.), 520 B.R. 292 (Bankr. D. N.D. 2014) – Two companies that acquired assets in a bankruptcy auction moved to reopen the case to clarify...more

1/20/2015 - Auction Business Assets Chapter 11 Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Mineral Leases Oil & Gas Royalties Transfer of Assets Trustees

Proof of Claim: Foreign Qualification Requirements May Be More Important Than You Thought

In re Flex Fin. Holding Co., 518 B.R. 891 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2014) – A landlord filed a proof of claim for ~$1.34 million for a debtor’s prepetition breach of its lease. The debtor objected based on the landlord’s...more

1/16/2015 - Commercial Bankruptcy Commercial Leases Foreign Entities Limited Liability Companies Proof of Claims

UCC Collateral Description: More May Not Be Better

Ring v. First Niagara Bank, N.A. (In re Sterling United, Inc.), 519 B.R. 586 (Bankr. W.D.N.Y. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to recover as preferences payments made by the debtor to a lender and proceeds of...more

1/13/2015 - Bankrtupcy Preferences Chapter 7 Collateral Consumer Bankruptcy Liquidation Perfected Security Interest Secured Creditors Secured Lenders UCC UCC Financing Statements

Prepetition Stay Waivers: Which Way Is The Wind Blowing?

In re Triple A & R Inv., Inc., 519 B.R. 581 (Bankr. D. P.R. 2014) – A mortgagee moved for relief from the automatic stay based on the debtor’s prepetition consent to stay relief.  The debtor argued that a prepetition waiver...more

1/9/2015 - Automatic Stay Consumer Bankruptcy Forbearance Agreements Loan Documentation Mortgages Prepetition Agreements Secured Creditors Waivers

Delinquent Property Tax Collection: Dancing Around the Automatic Stay

In re Killmer, 513 B.R. 41 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – After reopening a bankruptcy case, a mortgagee moved for a determination that a post-petition delinquent property tax sale was void because it was held in violation of the...more

1/7/2015 - Automatic Stay Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Foreclosure Tax Sale

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