Vicki Harding

Vicki Harding

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Mortgage Recording Requirements: Tiny Technical Defect Strikes Again

Rogan v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (In re Partin), 517 B.R. 770 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid mortgages on three properties using his “strong arm” powers, arguing that they were improperly recorded...more

12/17/2014 - Chapter 7 Constructive Notice Consumer Bankruptcy Mortgages Perfected Security Interest

Recorded Documents: Who Loses When A Document Is Not Properly Indexed?

Agin v. Dookhan (In re Hultin), 516 B.R. 190 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a transfer of the debtor’s real property using his “strong arm” powers based on an argument that the deed...more

12/15/2014 - Chapter 7 Constructive Notice Consumer Bankruptcy Deeds Real Estate Transfers Recording Requirements

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

12/10/2014 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Contract Drafting Excessive Fees Fees Landlords Residential Leases

Bankruptcy Sales: It Is A Good Idea To Confirm You Are Acquiring Everything You Need Before You Close

Agri Star Meat & Poultry, LLC v. Nevel Properties Corp. (In re Nevel Properties Corp.), 765 F.3d 846 (8th Cir. 2014) – The purchaser of assets from one bankruptcy debtor objected to the plan of reorganization filed by...more

12/8/2014 - Asset Purchaser Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Lease Termination Mineral Leases Underground Injection Wells

Sale Proceeds: Better Get the Carve-Out Right the First Time

In re Stacy’s, Inc., 508 B.R. 370 (Bankr. D. S.C. 2014) – A debtor sold substantially all of its assets after negotiating with its primary secured creditor for carve-outs from the sale proceeds for administrative...more

12/3/2014 - Business Assets Carve Out Provisions Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Consent Order Sale of Assets Section 363 Secured Creditors Unsecured Creditors

Loan to Own: A Potpourri of Bankruptcy Attacks

Colony Beach & Tennis Club Ass’n, Inc. v. Colony Lender, LLC (In re Colony Beach & Tennis Club, Inc.), 508 B.R. 468 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014) – Three affiliated debtors (RMI, CBTC and CBI) proposed a plan of...more

11/26/2014 - Article 9 Chapter 11 Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Commercial Leases Debt Buyers Debt Restructuring Resorts & Restaurants Secured Creditors Tenancy-in-Common UCC

Loan to Own Variation: Bankruptcy May Not Provide The Answers

In re SR Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 506 B.R. 121 (Bankr. S.D. Cal. 2014) – A group of lenders moved to dismiss the debtor’s bankruptcy case on the basis that it was filed in bad faith, or in the alternative asked the...more

11/24/2014 - Bad Faith Chapter 11 Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Mortgage Priority Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments Secured Lenders Single-Asset Debtor

Strong Arm Powers: Mortgage Boo-Boo Strikes Again

Kellner v First Ohio Banc & Lending, Inc. (In re Geraci), 507 B.R. 224 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2014) – A Chapter 13 trustee and the debtor sought to use the strong arm powers of a hypothetical bona fide purchaser of real...more

11/19/2014 - Bankruptcy Code Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy Mortgages Secured Lenders

Cramdown Hurdles Round 2: Confirmation Can Be An Elusive Prize

In re NNN Parkway 400 26, LLC, 505 B.R. 277 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2014) – The primary creditor (an undersecured lender) objected to the debtors’ proposed plan of reorganization on various grounds, including that the plan...more

11/17/2014 - Absolute Priority Rule Classification Commercial Bankruptcy Real Estate Investments Reorganizations Secured Lenders Tenancy-in-Common Unsecured Debt

Cramdown Hurdles: How to Play the Classification Game (Or Not)

In re New Bride Missionary Baptist Church, 509 B.R. 85 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2014) – After the bankruptcy court denied confirmation of a debtor’s proposed chapter 11 plan of reorganization because there was no accepting...more

11/12/2014 - Chapter 11 Churches Commercial Bankruptcy Cramdown Secured Creditors Unsecured Creditors

Automatic Stay: What Happens When a Case is Reopened?

U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Brumfiel (In re Brumfiel), 514 B.R. 637 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – After a debtor reopened her chapter 7 bankruptcy case, a lender moved for relief from the automatic stay in order to continue with a...more

11/10/2014 - Automatic Stay Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Foreclosure Non-Judicial Foreclosures Secured Debt US Bank

Medical Marijuana: What Happens in Bankruptcy (Not Much)

In re Arenas, 514 B.R. 887 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – The U.S. trustee sought to dismiss “for cause” a chapter 7 case filed by a marijuana grower and his wife. The debtors countered by moving to convert to a chapter 13...more

11/5/2014 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Marijuana Medical Marijuana

Calculating Title Insurance Claims: Reduction in Value vs. Insured Claim

First Am. Bank v. First Am. Transp. Title Ins. Co., 759 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 2014) – After a mortgagor filed bankruptcy, a lender brought claims under a ship mortgage insurance title policy. The lender appealed the...more

11/3/2014 - Commercial Bankruptcy Federal Rules of Civil Procedure In Rem Jurisdiction Mortgages Title Insurance Valuation Vessels

Rejecting Related Contracts: When Can You Pick and Choose?

In re Trinity Coal Corp., 514 B.R. 526 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) – The debtors sought to reject easement and disposal agreements with the owners of adjacent coal mines. The adjacent owners objected on the basis that the...more

10/29/2014 - Coal Mines Commercial Bankruptcy Executory Contracts

Mortgage Modifications: Senior Loans May Become Not So Senior

Sperry Assoc. Fed. Credit Union v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n (In re White), 514 B.R. 365 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 2014) – A junior mortgagee sought to subordinate the senior mortgage loan based on an argument that modification of...more

10/27/2014 - Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy HAMP Loan Modifications Loans Mortgages Senior Lenders

Mortgage-Backed Securities: “It Is The Rare Ordinary Human Being Who Understands Them”

In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc., 513 B.R. 624 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – A purchaser of residential mortgage-backed securities filed proofs of claim based on alleged misrepresentations by the debtors in offering...more

10/22/2014 - Loans Misrepresentation Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Negligent Misrepresentation Section 510

Stay Relief: What Happens to “Unreasonable” Fees?

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. 804 Congress, L.L.C. (In re 804 Congress, L.L.C.), 756 F.3d 358 (5th Cir. 2014) – After an oversecured creditor obtained relief from the automatic stay and foreclosed on some property, the...more

10/20/2014 - Automatic Stay Excessive Fees Fees Foreclosure Mortgages Wells Fargo

When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

10/17/2014 - Commercial Bankruptcy Construction Contracts Construction Disputes Construction Industry General Contractors

LLP: When Is A Partnership Not a Partnership (And Who Cares)?

In re Beltway Law Group, LLP, 514 B.R. 341 (Bankr. D. D.C. 2014) – A managing partner filed an involuntary chapter 7 petition against a professional limited liability partnership. The bankruptcy court denied the...more

10/15/2014 - Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy LLPs Partnerships

Environmental Claims: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Asarco LLC v. Goodwin, 756 F.3d 191 (2nd Cir. 2014) – A reorganized company (Asarco) sought contribution for payment of environmental claims from beneficiaries of trusts created under John D. Rockefeller’s will. The...more

10/13/2014 - CERCLA Contaminated Properties Contamination Environmental Claims Environmental Liability Environmental Policies Popular

Sales Free and Clear: What About Restrictive Covenants?

Heatherwood Holdings, LLC v. HGC, Inc. (In re Heatherwood Holdings, LLC), 746 F.3d 1206 (11th Cir. 2014) – A chapter 11 debtor owned property that had always been used as a golf course and club. When it requested that...more

10/8/2014 - Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Golf Courses Real Estate Development Restrictive Covenants

Strong Arm Powers: What Can Be Done With An Avoided Lien?

DeGiacomo v. Traverse (In re Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded first mortgage and to preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In response, the...more

10/6/2014 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Liens Mortgages

Subcontractor Claims: What Can You Do Once Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy?

Branch Banking & Trust Co. v Construction Supervision Services, Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services, Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014) – After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

10/1/2014 - Commercial Bankruptcy Construction Liens Contractors General Contractors Liens Subcontractors

LLC Operating Agreement: Is A Purchase Option Enforceable Against A Bankrupt Member?

In re Denman, 513 B.R. 720 (Bankr. W.D. Tenn. 2014) – A chapter 13 debtor was a member of a limited liability company. Another member sought relief from the automatic stay in order to exercise a right to acquire the...more

9/29/2014 - Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy LLC

Delayed Recording: Sometimes Late Is No Better Than Never

Collins v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Flannery), 513 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid as a preference a mortgage that was recorded within 90 days before a bankruptcy filing....more

9/24/2014 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy JPMorgan Chase Mortgages Trustees

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