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Rent-Stabilization Lease A “Public Benefit” For Exemption Purposes

Faced with bankruptcy, one of the foremost thoughts on an individual debtor’s mind is whether or not, upon exiting bankruptcy, the individual will retain any property he or she possessed prior to bankruptcy. Addressing this...more

Mortgage Recording: What Happens When There Is An Extra “E”?

Weiss v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Thibault), 518 B.R. 635 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using his “strong-arm” powers on the basis that it was not properly recorded...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

Creditor's Willful Violation of Automatic Stay Results in Fee Award

In Snowden v. Check Into Cash of Washington Inc. (In re Snowden), 2014 DJDAR 12677, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a bankruptcy case involving the award of attorney fees....more

Recorded Documents: Who Loses When A Document Is Not Properly Indexed?

Agin v. Dookhan (In re Hultin), 516 B.R. 190 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a transfer of the debtor’s real property using his “strong arm” powers based on an argument that the deed...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut District Court Affirms the Bankruptcy Court’s Dismissal of an Individual Chapter 11 Case For The...

Countless individual debtors file for bankruptcy to save their homes from foreclosure, but some of them abuse the bankruptcy court system in the process. Vega v. United States Trustee, 2014 WL 4843698 (D. Conn. 2014)...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Approves Settlement In Two Related Cases with a Torturous Twelve Year History

The Chapter 7 case of First Connecticut Consulting Group, Inc. and James J. Licata (the “Cases”) began as Chapter 11 cases over twelve years ago. The cases were consolidated and remained in Chapter 11 for four years as...more

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

Banks Beware! Parol Evidence May Not Correct Drafting Errors When Enforcing Security Agreements

Secured transactions typically include two key documents, which are often executed simultaneously: a promissory note memorializing loan and repayment terms executed by the borrower in favor of the lender and a security...more

Loan to Own: A Potpourri of Bankruptcy Attacks

Colony Beach & Tennis Club Ass’n, Inc. v. Colony Lender, LLC (In re Colony Beach & Tennis Club, Inc.), 508 B.R. 468 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014) – Three affiliated debtors (RMI, CBTC and CBI) proposed a plan of...more

Do I make too much money to file bankruptcy?

The only good answer to that question is to tell you to consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in your area. That said, we'll explore a few guidelines that could be useful....more

Loan to Own Variation: Bankruptcy May Not Provide The Answers

In re SR Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 506 B.R. 121 (Bankr. S.D. Cal. 2014) – A group of lenders moved to dismiss the debtor’s bankruptcy case on the basis that it was filed in bad faith, or in the alternative asked the...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

Automatic Stay: What Happens When a Case is Reopened?

U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Brumfiel (In re Brumfiel), 514 B.R. 637 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – After a debtor reopened her chapter 7 bankruptcy case, a lender moved for relief from the automatic stay in order to continue with a...more

Medical Marijuana: What Happens in Bankruptcy (Not Much)

In re Arenas, 514 B.R. 887 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – The U.S. trustee sought to dismiss “for cause” a chapter 7 case filed by a marijuana grower and his wife. The debtors countered by moving to convert to a chapter 13...more

New Value Does Not Need to Remain Unpaid

In In re Proliance International, Inc., et al., Judge Sontchi of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware held that a preference defendant’s preference exposure is reduced upon application of paid and...more

Determining “Value” Given By Good Faith Transferee In Fraudulent Transfer Action

The Bankruptcy Code allows a trustee to recover fraudulent transfers made by the debtor prior to bankruptcy. 11 U.S.C. § 548(a). An innocent recipient of a fraudulent transfer is not without a defense, however. The Code...more

LLP: When Is A Partnership Not a Partnership (And Who Cares)?

In re Beltway Law Group, LLP, 514 B.R. 341 (Bankr. D. D.C. 2014) – A managing partner filed an involuntary chapter 7 petition against a professional limited liability partnership. The bankruptcy court denied the...more

Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7

In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter...more

Strong Arm Powers: What Can Be Done With An Avoided Lien?

DeGiacomo v. Traverse (In re Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded first mortgage and to preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In response, the...more

Bankruptcy Trustee Lacks Standing to Bring Derivative Claim Against Bank’s Directors After Bank’s Closure and Receivership by FDIC

In April of 2010, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed First National Bank Myrtle Beach, S.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beach First National Bancshares, a bank holding company, and named the FDIC as its...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19151, SC19158 - Weiss v. Smulders - Plaintiff sued the defendant claiming it violated an oral agreement to form a new company by merging their existing companies as a joint venture to sell food products. After a...more

Delayed Recording: Sometimes Late Is No Better Than Never

Collins v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Flannery), 513 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid as a preference a mortgage that was recorded within 90 days before a bankruptcy filing....more

Abandonment: When Property Drops Out of the Bankruptcy Estate

In re Rich, 510 B.R. 366 (Bankr. D. Utah 2014) – In a case that was converted from a chapter 11 reorganization to a chapter 7 liquidation, the debtor sought an order directing the trustee to abandon certain real...more

How Prior Bankruptcy Filings Can Impact Your Current Bankruptcy

If you have read much at all on my bankruptcy blog you will no doubt be familiar with my mantra – “no one wants to file for bankruptcy”. And while I believe that to be true, some people find themselves in a situation where...more

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