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Court Grants Student Loan Debt Relief to a Graduate of a Non-Accredited Medical School

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York issued a decision that may significantly change the landscape of student debt relief. In re Decena, No. 15-72903, 2016 WL 1371031 (Bankr....more

Supreme Court Update: Merrill Lynch V. Manning (14-1132), Huskie Int'l Electronics V. Ritz (15-145), Sheriff V. Gillie (15-338)...

It's that time of year! Fresh on the heels of the six decisions handed down Monday, the Court issued another three yesterday, with more to come on the other side of the weekend. This Update will cover the remaining three...more

Supreme Court Broadly Interprets “Actual Fraud” Exception to Bankruptcy Discharge

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Husky Int’l Elecs., Inc. v. Ritz, — S. Ct. —, 2016 WL 2842452 (2016) resolving a split between the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal...more

The Case of Actually Actual Fraud

On May 16, the bankruptcy world of “actual fraud” got larger. In an opinion delivered by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court addressed what it recognized was a deepening circuit split regarding the interpretation of “actual...more

Supreme Court Expands Fraud Exception to Favor Creditors

On May 16, 2016 the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding the meaning of “actual fraud” under the Bankruptcy Code. Husky Int’l Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz represents a win for creditors by making it easier to...more

Supreme Court: Fraudulent Conveyance Scheme Renders Debt Nondischargeable in Bankruptcy

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Husky International Electronic, Inc. v. Ritz. The opinion is a favorable development for creditors because it expands the types of fraudulent conduct that can...more

High Court Rejects Narrow Bankruptcy Fraud Exemption

In its recently issued decision in Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, a 7-1 majority of the Supreme Court has clarified that intentionally fraudulent transfers designed to hinder or defraud creditors can fall...more

When and How Can a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Liquidate Your Collateral?

So you are chugging along with a foreclosure action (either on real and/or personal property) only to be stopped in your tracks by the borrower filing a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The usual, immediate thought...more

Supreme Court Issues Opinions Favorable to Financial Services Companies

May is usually a busy month on the Supreme Court before the justices head off for some summer R&R. It is historically a time when many opinions are issued, and May 2016 has been no exception. ...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in six cases today: Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339: The Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 (“FCRA”) imposes a number of requirements regarding the creation and...more

High Court Broadens the Definition of “Actual Fraud” under Section 523(a)(2)(A)

The Supreme Court’s Decision: On May 16, 2016, in Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Daniel Lee Ritz, Jr., Case No. 15-145, the Supreme Court held that the term “actual fraud” in § 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy...more

Supreme Court Rules Exception to Bankruptcy Discharge for Fraud Claims Extends to Fraudulent Transfer Liability

In a decision rendered on May 16, 2016, in the case of Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exception to bankruptcy discharge for debts incurred through actual fraud applies to...more

Supreme Court Decides Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz (No. 15-145), holding that the term “actual fraud” in § 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code (one of the discharge exceptions)...more

Ritz Might Give Fraudulent Conveyance Transferees Fits

The United States Supreme Court clarified in Husky Int’l Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, 578 U.S.(2016) that “actual fraud” as used in Section 523(a)(2)(A) is broad enough to encompass fraudulent conveyance schemes and does not...more

Delaware Preference Update: New Value, Pre Judgement Interest and Early Payment Ordinary Course Defenses

In a recent opinion dated March 29, 2016, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court on remand from, and following the direction of, the Delaware District Court, ruled that only prepetition unpaid invoices may be counted for purposes of...more

Purely “Compensatory” Debts Owed by Attorneys to Clients (Which Are Not Disciplinary or Punitive Fees Imposed by the State Bar)...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Scheer v. The State Bar of California (4/14/16 – Case no. 2:14-cv-04829-JFW) reversed the district court’s affirmance of the bankruptcy court’s decision that a...more

Dot Your “I”s and Cross your “T”s: When It Comes to Perfecting Your Security Interest

It always starts so easy. Borrower comes in and wants to borrow money. Lenders want some form of collateral to secure (potentially) a loan and the Borrower happily agrees to provide, or pledge, collateral to secure a loan. ...more

Additional Delaware Chapter 11 Filings Related to Abeinsa Holding Inc. (Case No. 16-10790)

On April 6, 2016, eight additional affiliates of Abeinsa Holding Inc. filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. These entities include Abener Teyma Hugoton General...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 2016

Within Burr & Forman's footprint, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee have passed statutes exempting Health Savings Account ("HSA") contributions from a debtor's bankruptcy estate. To date, the state of Georgia has not passed...more

U.S. Magistrate Judge Recommends Finding for Insurer Due to No Final Judgment Against its Bankrupt Insured

On February 29, 2016, a Texas Magistrate Judge recommended that the District Court for the Southern District of Texas grant summary judgment in favor of an insurer faced with a $63 million bid for coverage (Kipp Flores...more

Burr Alert: Official Bankruptcy Forms Get Extensive Facelift, But Is It Purely Cosmetic?

As you may know by now, many of the Official Forms for use in Bankruptcy Courts were replaced with revised, reformatted and renumbered forms that went into effect on December 1, 2015. The changes were made as part of a forms...more

When One Spouse Files for Bankruptcy, But Not the Other

When a Chapter 7, 11, or 13 case is filed, a new entity is created called the bankruptcy estate. A bankruptcy estate is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in property as of the time of...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 3 – Getting the Process Started

After a determination is made whether a chapter 7 bankruptcy or a chapter 13 bankruptcy would be better suited to solving your debt situation, it is time to get the ball rolling and start the process. You should be...more

Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Approves Settlement Agreement with Foreclosing Lender Over Objections of the Debtor

Often overlooked by lenders and servicers, sometimes striking a deal with the Chapter 7 Trustee in bankruptcy court, is the more prudent and cost effective approach to resolving frivolous lawsuits filed by defaulting...more

Lack of Reaffirmation Agreement Results in Finding That Bank Violated Discharge Injunction by Enforcing Post-Bankruptcy Loan...

In Venture Bank v. Lapides, 800 F.3d 442 (8th Cir. 2015), the Eighth Circuit found that a bank could not recover from its borrower and, in fact, had violated the post-discharge injunction by relying on change in terms...more

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