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Payments to Investors in a Securitization Structure Protected from Avoidance

In what appears to be a matter of first impression, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that payments made to investors in a two tiered securitization structure commonly employed in...more

Stripping of Unsecured Second Mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies in the Crosshairs

Since its 1989 opinion in Folendore v. Small Business Admin., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed debtors to completely strip off and void wholly unsecured junior liens in Chapter 7 bankruptcies under Section...more

Eleventh Circuit Throws Out FDCPA Complaint On Grounds of Judicial Estoppel

On March 31, U.S. Court of Appeals in the 11th Circuit concluded that the district court properly dismissed plaintiff’s FDCPA complaint, using the concept of judicial estoppel. Ward v. AMS Servicing, LLC, 2015 WL 1432982...more

Should Underwater Junior Liens Survive Bankruptcy?

On March 24th, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the consolidated appeals of two decisions from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Bank of America v. Caulkett and Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona. The appeals...more

Appeals: Try, Try Again – If You Can Get Your Foot in the Door You May Succeed

Rev Op Group v. ML Manager LLC (In re Mortgages Ltd.), 771 F.3d 623 (9th Cir. 2014) – Under the terms of a debtor’s confirmed plan of reorganization, an entity (ML Manager) was designated to manage the debtor’s...more

Bankruptcy Beat: The Automatic Stay Does Not Preclude A Foreclosure Committee From Seeking Fees From A Non-Debtor Party In A...

On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision concerning the applicability of the automatic stay of Bankruptcy Code Section 362(a) (the “Automatic Stay”), which decision highlights and clarifies...more

Illinois Court Holds that Engineering Plat Did Not Improve Land, Rendering Mechanics Lien Invalid

The Illinois Appellate Court invalidated an engineering firm’s mechanics lien for platting of undeveloped land performed as due diligence before a sale, because the services provided by the firm did not increase or improve...more

Nevada Supreme Court Addresses Private Sale Through Receivership

In U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Palmilla Development, Co., Inc., the Nevada Supreme Court recently confirmed that a receiver’s sale is a form of foreclosure sale that triggers a secured party’s right to a deficiency judgment. This...more

Erasing The Invisible Line In The Sand: The Need To Amend Section 1307(C) Of The Bankruptcy Code To Establish A Statutory Basis Of...

Bad faith. These two words alone are troublesome to almost all attorneys, especially those who regularly practice in bankruptcy court. Yet there have always been Petitions for Relief filed for improper reasons. ...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

Tucker Arensberg Vindicates Rights of Government Landlords In Bankruptcy Appeal

Attorneys Michael Shiner and Irving Firman obtained a successful decision on appeal confirming the right of a governmental landlord to evict tenants following rejection of leases in bankruptcy. The Housing Authority sought a...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: 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

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

Delinquent Property Tax Collection: Dancing Around the Automatic Stay

In re Killmer, 513 B.R. 41 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – After reopening a bankruptcy case, a mortgagee moved for a determination that a post-petition delinquent property tax sale was void because it was held in violation of the...more

Construction Contracts: Nothing Beats a Meeting of the Minds

Waldschmidt v. Singletary Construction LLC (In re Tackett), 516 B.R. 498 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sought turnover of profits from the sale of homes constructed by a contractor. The trustee...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

HAMP and Section 75-1.1, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, we discussed when a lender’s failure to comply with guidelines under the federal Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) might violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 as well. We analyzed a very recent federal...more

BofA Underwater Mortgage Cases Hit Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by Bank of America regarding whether a second mortgage on an underwater property can be voided during Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both cases involve Florida homeowners who sued to...more

An Appeal of a Bankruptcy Sale Order May Be Moot Regardless of Whether the Seller Actually Had the Authority to Sell the Assets

A pair of recent decisions by the Ninth Circuit in In re Mortgages Ltd. underscore the power of the equitable mootness doctrine and the importance of obtaining stays of bankruptcy court orders to avoid having appeals of the...more

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