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SCOTUS Denies Certiorari In Lien Stripping Case

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in an Eleventh Circuit case that raises the issue of whether, under section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off” a...more

New Case Alert: Dissent Highlights Disturbing Potential for Increasing Escrow Holder Policing and Disclosure Obligations

A new decision in Ash v. North American Title Co. holds that (1) contract damages based upon a bankruptcy were not foreseeable, and (2) an escrow holder was entitled to a jury instruction as to intervening or superceding...more

Recent Deed of Trust Act Cases Pose New Challenges

In 2013, Washington courts issued several decisions impacting the way banks, loan servicing companies, foreclosure trustees and other industry participants must approach claims arising out of nonjudicial foreclosure...more

Appeal Court Re-Writes Rules Relating to Insolvent Tenants

Landlords' set to obtain "full value" as a result of re-statement of ancient equitable principle - Pillar Denton Limited and others v Jervis and others - Outline - In a ruling relating to the stricken...more

Connecticut District Court and Bankruptcy Court Differ on Extent to Which the Automatic Stay Automatically Terminates Upon Second...

Under §362(c)(3)(A), when a debtor files a second bankruptcy case within one year after the first case, the automatic stay in the second case will automatically terminate “with respect to the debtor” on the 30th day of the...more

Bankruptcy Punishment

On June 6, 2011 the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit issued a fairly innocuous, unpublished opinion, rendered without oral argument, against an appellant appearing pro se in a bankruptcy matter. The Order...more

Can a Defendant Sue a Receiver’s Property Management Company, or Are They Protected from a Lawsuit Like a Receiver?

I hired a property management company to aid me in managing a receivership property. A defendant in the case has threatened to sue the management company for action taken at my request. Can the defendant sue the management...more

Rogers Towers: Discovery of Loss-Share Payments in Litigation: Irrelevant

In foreclosure actions based on assets of a failed bank, borrowers sometimes attempt to discover whether and how much the FDIC has reimbursed the acquiring institution for its loss under the loan....more

Rogers Towers: New York Bankruptcy Court Clears Way for McNeal Rehearing

The long-awaited rehearing of In re McNeal has been given the green light from an unlikely source – a New York Bankruptcy Court Judge....more

6 Things To Include In A Final Money Judgment

Before the clerk of the court will issue a writ of execution or writ of garnishment on a judgment, the clerk will review the judgment to ensure it is valid and enforceable. ...more

Litigation News -- Summer 2013

In This Issue: "Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool To Combat Eminent Domain? Probably Not" and "Finding the Facts Before the Lawsuit Begins: Pre-Complaint Discovery in Pennsylvania" Excerpt from Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool...more

In re Swift

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Avoids Post-Petition Transfer 19 Years After Bankruptcy Filing

The Debtor failed to disclose, among other things, the existence of certain real estate interests in his schedules in a Chapter 7 case filed in 1994. The Chapter 7 Trustee objected to discharge for failing to disclose all...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Repeated Erroneous Default Notices Can Be ECOA “Adverse Action"

On July 3, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a mortgage servicer’s alleged repeated delivery of notices of default and acceleration to borrowers who were current on their...more

Before filing bankruptcy, realize it is a liquidation and take the power of the trustee seriously.

If you are considering filing bankruptcy and have assets you are concerned could be liquidated, or you have any related concern, you will want to read this post! Contact: Attorney George E. Bourguignon, Jr. Phone: ...more

Bankruptcy Courts In Georgia And Florida Show Obedience To Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals And Reluctantly Begin To Allow Lien...

Three bankruptcy courts within the Eleventh Circuit have recently issued opinions in which they have reluctantly allowed the debtor to entirely strip off the interests held by junior lienholders when the value of the real...more

Debtor v. Bank of America, N.A.; 2:11-ap-01983-VZ

Court Transcript on Summary Judgment Hearing

Debtor's counsel successfully defeated this summary judgment motion brought forth by Bank of America, N.A. and a successive motion in this case. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 23, 2013. The findings of fact...more

Top 5 Problems with Florida's (Un)Fair Foreclosure Act- HB 0087

Again, the Florida legislature is considering improvident foreclosure legislation, HB 0087, which will impair the rights of homeowners and provide banks with new rights to accelerate their rapid foreclosure of homes...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects “Artificial Impairment” Standard in Confirmation of Single Asset Real Estate Plan

In a pro-debtor opinion released on February 26, 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a debtor may “artificial impair” claims in a class to obtain an impaired and accepting class of claims as required by section...more

Roger Towers: Though not Precedent, McNeal Proves Persuasive in Southern District of Florida

Mortgage modification has long been an angst-ridden topic for consumer creditors. The issue once again rose to the forefront in May of 2012, when the Eleventh Circuit issued the unpublished opinion of In re McNeal, wherein...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Judgment of Foreclosure Not Immediately Appealable

Under Illinois law, a judgment of foreclosure does not end a mortgage foreclosure case; it remains modifiable by the trial court and is strictly interlocutory. After such a judgment is entered, the property is sold once...more

Bankruptcy Law Update - December 2012

In this December 2012 Issue: - Second Circuit Decisions - Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Decisions The Second Circuit tackles the criminal exception to the automatic stay, administrative rent claims under a...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Allows Borrower to Take Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Lender to a Jury

In what may be a first for a North Carolina appellate court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has reversed the entry of summary judgment for a lender on a borrower’s breach of fiduciary claim. In Dallaire v. Bank of...more

Rogers Towers: “Down” is Out, “Off” is In: Stripping Liens in Chapter 7 after McNeal

Prior to the real estate market crash in 2008, homeowners routinely borrowed against the equity in their homes, in turn, granting lenders second or even third mortgages. However, once the market crashed, their equity...more

What does the Eaton decision mean for Massachusetts homeowners facing foreclosure?

If you are a Massachusetts resident that faces foreclosure or may be facing foreclosure in the future, you sure want to read this post. Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr. Phone: (508) 769-1359 or (413)...more

Eaton v. Federal National Mortgage Association

Final decision in Eaton, the decision that changes foreclosure practice in Massachusetts.

This is a copy of the long-awaited, important Massachusetts decision concerning foreclosures in Massachusetts titled Eaton v. Federal National Mortgage Association. It was issued 22 June 2012 and makes a substantive change...more

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