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When "Shall" Means "Shall": Wisconsin Supreme Court Requires Mortgage Lenders to Sell Abandoned Properties in Foreclosure

Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its decision in Bank of New York v. Carson, 2015 WI 15. The case is significant for its potential lasting effects on mortgage foreclosures in Wisconsin. The Carson case involves...more

The Lien Stripping Saga Continues in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

In the latest chapter of “lien stripping,” the Honorable Judge Erik P. Kimball of the Southern District of Florida, Bankruptcy Court, recently grappled with the issue of whether a debtor can strip a completely unsecured...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Payments Made Directly From A DIP Account More Likely To Be “Unauthorized” Post-Petition Transfers

On December 19, 2014, The Honorable Julie A. Manning issued a Memorandum and Decision in the In re Louis Gherlone Excavating, Inc. case with respect to a Complaint filed by the Chapter 7 Trustee, Richard M. Coan (“the Trustee...more

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

Wisconsin Courts Can Force Lenders to Make Prompt Sales of Foreclosed Properties Which Have Been Abandoned by the Borrowers

In a case that “radically revises the law on mortgage foreclosure,” the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held in Bank of New York Mellon v. Carson, 2015 WI 15, that Wisconsin circuit courts have the authority to order a sale...more

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

Recording Notice of Default as Trustee Before Being Formally Made the Trustee Does Not Make Foreclosure Sale Void

In Ram, et al. v. OneWest Bank, FSB, et al. (filed 2/6/15, No. A139055), the California Court of Appeal held that a nonjudicial foreclosure sale is not void merely because the notice of default was recorded by an entity who...more

ResCap Liquidating Trust Repurchase Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss in Part:

On February 3, Judge Martin Glenn of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motions to dismiss four adversary proceedings brought by the liquidating trust for Residential...more

Banking & Financial Service E-Note - January 2015

In this issue: - Denial of Plan Confirmation & Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11 - Third DCA Issues Opinion Defining When and How Acceleration Occurs and Addressing...more

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

Leases and Bankruptcy

WHEN THE TENANT FILES BANKRUPTCY I. Before the Bankruptcy is Filed. The Bankruptcy Code, found at 11 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq., creates a category of rights known as “executory contracts.” An executory contract, in...more

Single Asset Real Estate Owners Have Options

The economic struggles of the past several years have put significant pressure on many aspects of the U.S. economy, none more so than the real estate market. For owners of single asset real estate in distress, the question...more

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

When automatic stay violations require fee awards

In America’s Servicing Co. v. Schwartz-Tallard, 2014 DJDAR 12063, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit decided an interesting case arising from allegations that a debt servicing entity violated the...more

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

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

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

Chapter 13 Debtors Choosing to Retain Residential Property and Not Claim Homestead Are Not Entitled to Wildcard Exemption

In Florida, it is well settled that a Chapter 7 debtor who does not claim or receive the benefit of the homestead exemption on his bankruptcy schedules is entitled to claim the “wildcard” exemption pursuant to Fla. Stat. §...more

The valuation process for LIHTC projects in financial distress: Part II

Note: This post is part of a continuing series on the Credit Report Blog on the subject of workouts and bankruptcies involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects....more

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

The valuation process for LIHTC projects in financial distress – Part I

Note: This post is part of a continuing series on the Credit Report Blog on the subject of workouts and bankruptcies involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects. In a previous post, we wrote about the...more

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

Mortgage Recording: What Happens When There Is An Extra “E”?

Weiss v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Thibault), 518 B.R. 635 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using his “strong-arm” powers on the basis that it was not properly recorded...more

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

How Borrower Got 'Free House' In NJ Bankruptcy Case

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey recently held in In re Washington, No. 14-14573-TBA, (Bankr. D.N.J. Nov. 5, 2014) that the mortgagee and mortgage servicer (“the creditors”) are time-barred...more

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