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Debtors Chapter 13

Recent Bankruptcy Decision from the Western District of Wisconsin Discusses Negative Equity, Car Loans, and the Chapter 13 Cram...

by Ruder Ware on

A quick introduction for those of you who are not bankruptcy nerds. For certain types of collateral, Chapter 13 allows a Debtor to reduce a secured creditor’s claim down to the value of the collateral. This is called “cram...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds No Stay Violation Where Creditor Initially Refused to Return Vehicle to Debtor Who Claimed Equitable...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

From the Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina : In McCall v. Anderson Brothers Bank (In re McCall), Adv. Pro. No. 16-80008-jw (Bankr. D.S.C. 2016), the Honorable John E. Waites held that a creditor did not...more

Liability Coverage Policies: Property of the Estate to Which the Automatic Stay Applies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a chapter 7, 11, 12 or 13 case is filed, two key items spring into life. The first is a new entity called the bankruptcy estate which is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in...more

Bankruptcy Court Assesses Sanctions on Mortgage Servicer for Failure to File Notices Relating to Residential Mortgage Loans

In re Gravel, ____ B.R. _____, Case Nos. 11-10112, 11-10281, 12-10512, 2016 WL 4765773 (Bankr. D.Vt. September 12, 2016) - In September of 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont assessed...more

Creditors Beware-Automatic Stay Violations Can Lead to Massive Punitive Damages

by Clark Hill PLC on

Ohio Bankruptcy Judge Assesses $250,000 in Damages Against Mortgage Lender for Violating the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy Proceeding - A clerical error by a mortgage lender led to punitive damages and expensive...more

Debtors’ Lien-Stripping Attempt Likely Would Have Succeeded in New Hampshire

by PretiFlaherty on

A North Carolina bankruptcy court recently denied a Debtors’ attempt to “strip off” a junior lien on their primary residence by rejecting the argument that the property should be valued near the time of plan confirmation. In...more

Bankruptcy Courts Divided On Whether Chapter 13 Plan Extends Time for Redemption

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Bankruptcy courts are currently divided on whether a debtor has a right to redeem property sold at a tax sale after the removed “statutory” redemption period has run. The time for redemption depends on the law of the state...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules Chapter 13 Debtors Must Assume or Reject Leases in 120 Days

by PretiFlaherty on

In a recent decision from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, In re Cho, the Court ruled that 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(4)(A) applies to debtors in Chapter 13 cases. In this case, the debtors operated a dry cleaning...more

Take Notice of This Change: Supreme Court Adopts Recommended Amendments to Bankruptcy Notice of Payment Change Rule

by K&L Gates LLP on

Come December, the requirements surrounding notices of payment change (“PCNs”) for certain mortgage loans in bankruptcy will change. The Supreme Court, on April 28, 2016, adopted various proposed amendments to the Federal...more

Equitable Liens: No Mortgage Does Not Necessarily Mean No Lien

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Marcum v. Marcum (In re Marcum), 508 B.R. 499 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014) – A creditor made two prepetition loans to a chapter 13 debtor for payment of delinquent real estate taxes. The loans were supposed to be secured by...more

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

by Wilson Elser on

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

Good News for Secured Creditors and Commercial Lessors in Chapter 13 Cases

A new administrative order was entered by Chief Judge Jennemann in the Middle District of Florida on August 10. The Middle District of Florida stretches from Jacksonville on the east coast, through Central Florida and down...more

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - If you Have an Objection, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A creditor recently received a wake-up call from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina in In re Crawford, an opinion issued by the Court on June 8, 2015. In Crawford, the Court granted the debtors’ motion to...more

Claim Amount: It Pays To Pay Attention

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In re Walker, 526 B.R. 187 (E.D. La. 2015) – The bankruptcy court (1) denied a mortgage lender’s request to file a late amendment to a proof of claim that had been filed on its behalf by the debtor and (2) confirmed the...more

US Supreme Court Decision in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett

by Barley Snyder on

In a 9-0 decision released on June 1, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled, in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett, 135 S. Ct. 1995 (2015), that a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding may not void a junior mortgage lien...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Out of the Money Mortgages Cannot be Stripped Off in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court held that a secured creditor in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case is protected from having its lien “stripped off” even if the collateral securing its claim is worth less than the claims asserted by a senior...more

Chapter 7 Debtors Cannot Strip Off Junior Liens on Underwater Home Loans, United States Supreme Court Rules

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases cannot “strip off,” or completely void, junior mortgages that—based on the value of the property and the amount of claims secured by...more

With my income, I'll have to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and pay all my debts. Wrong (probably)!

by Malcolm Ruthven on

The truth about this is not simple. Let's take a look at it. If you make "too much" money, you might not be able to do a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the one that gets rid of your debts quickly. The usual alternative is a Chapter 13...more

In re Brown: Replacement Value Applies Even When Debtor Surrenders Property

by Burr & Forman on

The recent Eleventh Circuit case of In re Brown, 746 F.3d 1236 (2014) held that 11 U.S.C. § 506(a)(2)'s replacement value standard applies even when a Chapter 7 or 13 debtor surrenders collateral under 11 U.S.C. §...more

ERISA: 6th Circuit — Failing to Disclose Disability Claim in Bankruptcy NOT Fatal to Disability Lawsuit

What happens when a long term disability claimant declares bankruptcy, and fails to list the long term disability claim in the bankruptcy estate? Is he judicially estopped from bringing the lawsuit alleging wrongful...more

Burr Alert: The Basics Of Cramdown Interest Rates In Chapter 11

by Burr & Forman on

A debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy may treat a secured claim in one of two ways in its plan of reorganization: (1) the debtor may propose to cure any existing default, compensate the creditor for any loss sustained by the...more

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