The long standing rule in bankruptcy court that lien striping cannot take place in Chapter 7 bankruptcy has been turned on its ear. In Re: McNeal, Case: 11-11352, Lorraine McNeal v. GMAC Mtg. held that, at least in the 11th Circuit, even though a Debtor still cannot cramdown the value of an investment property as clearly noted in Dewsnup, a Debtor can strip a junior lien from a primary residence. The Court reasoned that because the United States Supreme Court in Dewsnup disallowed only a "strip down" of a partially secured mortgage lien and did not address a "strip off" of a wholly unsecured lien, it is not "clearly on point" and as such, the issue was not intended to be addressed by that Court.
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