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Post-Petition Transfers: Sixth Circuit Opines on 11 U.S.C. § 542 versus § 549

The United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently clarified whether a trustee could rely upon 11 U.S.C. § 542, and in the process side-step 11 U.S.C. § 549, to recover an unauthorized post-petition...more

Eastern District of Louisiana Dismisses Officer Compensation Fraudulent Transfer Claims in Tow v. Bulmahn

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee’s claims against officers and inside directors of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation in Tow v. Bulmahn on Wednesday. In Tow v....more

It’s Not Just Actual Fraud: Intent to Hinder, Delay, or Defraud Can Be Present Even with the Best of Intentions

The Bankruptcy Code contemplates several penalties for transfers made by a debtor with an intent to “hinder, delay, or defraud” creditors. Although most situations focus on an “actual intent to defraud,” the Tenth Circuit...more

Debtors Who Misuse Collateral Can Lose the Benefit of Discharging their Debt in Bankruptcy

On November 21, 2016, in a case entitled In re Monson, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which held that a debtor’s conduct constituted a willful and malicious injury to a...more

Exercise of Post-Petition Right to Setoff Without Court Permission Violated Automatic Stay

On November 16, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky found that a creditor exercising its post-petition right to setoff without bankruptcy court permission had violated the automatic...more

December 1, 2016 Revisions to the FRBPs: Taking the Bite Out of the Core-Noncore Distinction

On December 1, 2016, something extraordinary happened. No, it was not president-elect Trump visiting another Carrier air conditioning factory in Indianapolis. It was an event that made no headlines and caused no stir. The...more

How to Eliminate IRS Tax Debt in Arizona

When it comes to IRS tax debt none of the typical debt collection rules apply. The IRS has power to take your money and lien your home without even filing a lawsuit. This is much different than the standard unsecured...more

How to Avoid Repossession in Arizona

Delinquent car loans are becoming a big problem in Arizona. There are several reasons why, however a big problem I see in my bankruptcy practice are subprime car loans that charge very high interest rates on used...more

Bankruptcy When You Are on Disability

The Social Security Administration states that there are currently nearly 9 million people receiving social security disability benefits with the average monthly being a little over $1,200 per month. I meet weekly with...more

Eleventh Circuit Decides Surrender Means Just That

In the recent opinion of In re Failla, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that when a debtor indicates in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy schedules case that she or he intends to “surrender” property subject to a secured claim, the debtor...more

Repo Man Pays Off Elderly Couple’s Car

Having worked with family struggling with debt problems for over 14 years I have had more than a few interactions with repo men (and women). And more often then not these interaction’s don’t end well. It was just a few...more

Black Friday and Bankruptcy

It is hard to believe that the holidays are upon us once again. And love it or hate it Black Friday and become a holiday tradition for many people where they stake out their claim for the great deals of the holiday...more

The End of the Road for TransVantage Solutions, Inc.?

The TransVantage bankruptcy case and the resulting efforts by the Trustee to avoid carrier payments made by the defunct freight payment processor has been watched like an upcoming speed trap by the transportation industry...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: Part 2   The Contractor in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Owner

My last article examined strategies for construction managers facing an owner bankruptcy. Now, looking through the lens of the owner, let’s examine best practices when it is the contractor who has filed for bankruptcy....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

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – pt. 7 – The Path to a Chapter 7 Discharge

In most chapter 7 bankruptcy cases the activity in the case is front loaded. What I mean by that is prior to filing the bankruptcy case there is a lot of activity around pulling all of the necessary information and...more

How do I Know If I Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Periodically the United States Trustee’s Office updates the income limits used to determine whether or not you qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Overwhelmingly people that file for bankruptcy file under chapter...more

Don’t Transfer Assets Prior to Filing Bankruptcy

One of the issues that can cause problems in your chapter 7 bankruptcy is the transferring of assets prior to the filing of your bankruptcy case. When you file for bankruptcy you are required to disclose to 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

Fair Warning: Amendments or Supplements to Language Often Found in Amended and Restated Loan Agreements May Be Required

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case Bash v. Textron Financial Corporation (In re Fair Finance Company), which has important effect on a number of legal...more

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

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

Lenders to SPEs: Be Aware, You May Not Have Standing to Appeal a Substantive Consolidation Order

A substantive non-consolidation opinion is a common feature of structured finance transactions in the U.S. Most, if not all, opine as to what a bankruptcy court would do, but express no opinion on the appellate process. We...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 6 – The Meeting of Creditors

After your bankruptcy case is filed with the Arizona bankruptcy court the clerk of the bankruptcy court will send out written notification of your bankruptcy to all of your creditors that were provided in the bankruptcy...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

U.S. Sixth Circuit Holds that Customary Language in Amendment and Restatement Agreements May Extinguish Existing Security...

On August 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case In re Fair Finance Company that an amendment and restatement of a loan and security agreement may have been a novation...more

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