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Am I Allowed to Go on Vacation While in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

I don’t ever sugar coat the realities of a chapter 13 bankruptcy. When you sign up for a chapter 13 you are in it for the long haul. Most chapter 13 bankruptcies I deal with last 60 months. Some are as low as 36 months,...more

Can a Receiver Retake Possession of the Property if a Bankruptcy is Dismissed?

QUESTION: I was appointed receiver for a business. Shortly after my appointment the owners put the business into bankruptcy and I turned over possession to the debtor. I was not discharged as receiver. I just learned that the...more

Keeping the Benefit of Your Bargain: Strengthening Your Right to Prepayment Premiums

Anyone involved in commercial lending transactions is familiar with provisions of loan agreements that provide for compensation to the lender in the event the indebtedness is paid in advance of the contemplated due date....more

U.S. District Court Limits the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Bankruptcy Law but Important Considerations for Foreign...

On July 6, 2014, Judge Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, declined to extend the reaches of section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code abroad to permit the recovery of funds that...more

ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master...more

Court Rules That Creditors May Assert Full Amount of Claim Despite Partial Recovery From Third Parties

On June 23, 2014, a federal bankruptcy court in Nebraska issued an order in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Biovance Technologies, Inc. and William Edward Julien that granted American National Bank’s (“ANB”) motion for...more

Puerto Rico and PREPA Seek Dismissal of Bondholder Challenge to Territory’s Bankruptcy Statute

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) yesterday filed separate motions to dismiss the federal court complaint filed last month by some PREPA bondholders seeking to invalidate the...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Faces Split Among the Courts Concerning Scope of a Landlord’s Claim Against a Tenant in Bankruptcy

The Delaware bankruptcy court will soon be forced to rule on the scope of a landlord's claim in bankruptcy, an issue on which courts around the country have been split for many years. In the case of In re Masonite Corp. (Case...more

SEC Efforts To Compel SIPIC Coverage For Stanford Victims Rejected

The D.C. Circuit rejected efforts by the SEC to compel the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to liquidate a broker-dealer that was part of the Stanford Ponzi scheme empire. The investors had purchased CDs from an...more

How much money can I keep in my checking account when filing bankruptcy?

I'll soon be filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. How much money can I keep in my checking account without losing it? Here's the deal. The trustee assigned to your bankruptcy gets to take your property, including money, for the...more

Federal Practice & Bankruptcy: SCOTUS on Bankruptcy: Jurisdiction and Inherited IRAs Clarified

In a rare burst of bankruptcy enthusiasm, the US Supreme Court in June issued two decisions on matters important to the administration of bankruptcy cases. In re Bellingham, decided June 9, addressed a seemingly...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Tackle Questions Left Unanswered by Stern and Executive Benefits

As we noted last month, the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, Case No. 12-1200, 573 U.S. ___ (2014), affirmed the constitutional authority of bankruptcy courts to issue...more

Take the Fear out of Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Getting served with a lawsuit can ruin anyone’s day. First, the way the law requires that you get notice of the lawsuit is very intrusive. A process server must come to your home, unannounced, and give you the summons and...more

The totem pole in Bankruptcy. Who gets paid first?

Chapter 7 bankruptcies have a hierarchy of creditor claims that is the result of the legislative process. The totem pole was carved with an attempt at fairness and common sense, but naturally has politics painted on it. ...more

Should I Appeal My Debt Collection Judgment?

Even though I think most debt collection lawsuits brought by junk debt buyers are just that – junk, there are many factors that can lead to judgment being entered against you and in favor of the debt buyer. After the initial...more

Are Inherited IRAs Exempt Property in California Bankruptcy?

The law says that retirement funds are exempt property in bankruptcy, but the Supreme Court has held that this exemption doesn’t apply to inherited IRAs. End of story? Not quite....more

New Debt Enforcement Act Significantly Impacts Stakeholders In Puerto Rico’s Energy & Infrastructure Sectors

On June 28, 2014, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico adopted the Puerto Rico Corporations Debt Enforcement & Recovery Act, Act 71-2014 (the “Debt Enforcemen enabling certain Commonwealth public corporations in financial distress...more

MN Supreme Court: Creditors May Void Fraudulent Transfers of Assets in Uncontested Divorces

On July 9, 2014, in Citizens State Bank Norwood Young America v. Gordon Brown, et al., the Minnesota Supreme Court held that Minnesota's Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act ("MUFTA") may be applied to transfers of assets made as...more

Lender Beware: Ensure Plan Releases are Limited to Debtor’s Obligations

A creditor who settles with a debtor during a bankruptcy case must be sure to continue following the case during the plan stage, or risk the plan affecting the creditor’s rights against third parties. Iberiabank learned that...more

Inadvertence May Be Unavailing, Says the Fifth Circuit on Judicial Estoppel

The Fifth Circuit became the second United States Court of Appeals to establish a three prong test for determining whether a bankrupt debtor should be judicially estopped from pursuing a cause of action that she failed to...more

Spotlight on Bankruptcy: Basic Bankruptcy for Mortgage Litigators

Mortgage litigators often face a variety of bankruptcy issues. There are three main chapters of bankruptcy that affect the average mortgage litigator: Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11. Upon the filing of Chapter 7,...more

Puerto Rico Bonds: Legislation and Litigation

For municipal bond investors and insurers, recent events in Puerto Rico have become a major concern. Puerto Rico has tried to address its mounting debt crisis by enacting legislation that would create, in effect, a...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Supreme Court Closes Gap on Bankruptcy Issue [Video]

The United States Supreme Court decided in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison that while bankruptcy courts do not have the power to make final decisions on so-called “Stern claims,” they can try or “hear” those...more

Madoff Bankruptcy Decision Offers Protection for Foreign Investors

In re Madoff Securities Extends Morrison Framework to Prevent Avoidance of Purely Foreign Transfers under SIPA and the Bankruptcy Code - Applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Morrison v. National...more

Bankruptcy Does Not Make You Bad

Sometimes when I meet with families to discuss filing for bankruptcy the tone of the meeting turns from a legal consultation to something more akin to a confessional. I will sit and listen while fathers and mothers pour...more

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