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Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Bank of America Must Pay $46 Million for Improper Foreclosure

Brian Davidoff was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article on March 28, 2017, discussing U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein’s ruling in Sundquist v. Bank of America NA which awarded Erik and Renee Sundquist...more

The Legality of Post-Bankruptcy Condo or Homeowner Association Assessments

A recent bankruptcy case illustrates how bankruptcy affects condominium or homeowner’s association assessments. The Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that a condominium association was not in...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the April 2017 issue of The Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Jonathan Sykes and Correy Karbiener provide insight on whether § 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code protects transfers made to repay commercial...more

Bankruptcy Beat: New York Bankruptcy Court Prohibits Stripping of Mortgage Lien Against Debtor's Multi-Family Residential Real...

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In both Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases and individual Chapter 11 cases, a debtor is prohibited from modifying a claim that is “secured only by a security interest in real property that is the debtor’s principal...more

Will bankruptcy stop a foreclosure?

by Malcolm Ruthven on

"My house is about to be foreclosed. Will bankruptcy stop that?" I'm often asked that question. The answer is probably "yes", but let's look at a "no" answer first....more

Fourth Circuit Hands Victory to Lenders in Chapter 13 Mortgage Case

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—which covers federal courts in North Carolina—recently handed a victory to residential real estate lenders dealing with borrowers who file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy...more

Mortgage Servicer Defeats Class Certification Over Collection Practices Allegedly Targeting Discharged Mortgage Debts

by Carlton Fields on

The Middle District of Florida recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification concerning claims that a collection agency illegally and intentionally sent collection correspondence to mortgagees whose debts...more

Imperfect!!! – Recordation Alone May Not Be Suficient To Perfect Deeds Under California Law

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Once a lender records a deed of trust, isn’t that sufficient under California law to perfect the deed against a Chapter 7 trustee’s attempt to set it aside? Based on the recent bankruptcy court decision of In re Nowlin, the...more

A Flawless Foreclosure is Not Preference

by Barley Snyder on

There is a division among bankruptcy courts across the country as to whether a properly conducted sheriff sale can be considered a “preference,” but Pennsylvania courts continue to send a clear message: They can’t....more

Mass. Bankruptcy Court: Mortgage with Incorrect Legal Description Is Avoidable by Chapter 7 Trustee

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On January 4, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts found that a Chapter 7 Trustee could avoid the debtor’s mortgage and preserve it for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The opinion,...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Finds that Debtor Can Claim an Exemption in Her Home Even if She Does Not Live There

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In a recent decision, the bankruptcy court for the District of Massachusetts found that a debtor who had not lived at a property for over 30 years could still claim an exemption in that property, even though her principal...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 2017

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In an order issued earlier this month, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in anon-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

Allegedly Time-Barred Foreclosures Do Not Form Basis for FDCPA/FCCPA Lawsuits Outside Bankruptcy Context

by Burr & Forman on

In an order issued yesterday, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in a non-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

The Ninth Circuit Loosens the Cap on Landlord Damages in In re Kupfer

Any property owner which has experienced the bankruptcy of a tenant is doubtless keenly aware of the limitation on damages which the Bankruptcy Code imposes on the landlord. A new decision by the Ninth Circuit bolsters the...more

Why NOT to reaffirm a mortgage in bankruptcy!

by Malcolm Ruthven on

More than one past client has called me to complain that their mortgage holder wasn't reporting their house mortgage payments to credit reporting agencies, and would not unless they reaffirmed their mortgage loan. What's that...more

Ohio Supreme Court Finds That An Action At Law On A Promissory Note To Collect A Mortgage Debt Is Separate And Distinct From An...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently clarified in a decision issued in Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. vs. Holden 2016-Ohio-4603; 2016 Ohio LEXIS 1803, that equitable rights and remedies which a party holds in and to a mortgage...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that a Debtor who Elects to “Surrender” Real Property Cannot Oppose the Lender’s Foreclosure Case

In In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit resolved a split among Florida bankruptcy judges by ruling that a debtor who elects to "surrender" real property during its bankruptcy case cannot...more

Purchasers of NJ Tax Sale Certificates - What You Include in Your Proof of Claim Can Cause a Loss of Your Claim and Lien

by Dechert LLP on

In Princeton Office Park, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district court rulings that the purchaser of a NJ tax sale certificate forfeited its claim and lien because it included the...more

Client Alert: Federal Appeals Court Rules That Bankrupt Debtors’ Choice to "Surrender" Real Property Waives Their Right to Contest...

Under Section 521(a)(2)(A) of the federal bankruptcy code, a debtor in a chapter 7 bankruptcy must file a statement within 30 days of the bankruptcy filing notifying the court, creditors and the trustee whether the debtor...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2016

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Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who agrees to...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms That a Debtor’s Surrender in Bankruptcy Means Just That-You Must Surrender

by Burr & Forman on

Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, — F.3d — (2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who...more

Bankruptcy Court Assesses Sanctions on Mortgage Servicer for Failure to File Notices Relating to Residential Mortgage Loans

In re Gravel, ____ B.R. _____, Case Nos. 11-10112, 11-10281, 12-10512, 2016 WL 4765773 (Bankr. D.Vt. September 12, 2016) - In September of 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont assessed...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

by Baker Donelson on

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

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