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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

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

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

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

Court Finds that Parents Convicted of Ponzi Scheme Received Value from Tuition Payments

Do parents receive something of value when they pay for their child to attend college? The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court (Hoffman, J.) recently considered this exact question in DeGiamcomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.,...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

Chapter 12 family farmer cases in Missouri: A look inside the numbers

Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code, enacted in 1987, provides relief to family farmers facing financial distress. Chapter 12 is available exclusively for family farmers that want to reorganize their financial affairs. While...more

Are Those Taxes Owing On Your Late-Filed Tax Return Dischargeable? Maybe, But You Better Be In The Right Circuit

Individual debtors with old tax debts relating to late-filed tax returns may be surprised to find that those tax debts may not be dischargeable under section 523(a) of the Bankruptcy Code due to the lateness of the tax...more

Debtor May Still Claim Homestead Exemption Even If He Was Kicked Out

The bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of New York found that a debtor who was ordered to vacate his home could still claim an exemption in the property. In a divorce proceeding several months prior to the bankruptcy...more

Will Inherited IRAs Be Used As A Tool for Protecting An Inheritance from Creditors?

A recent decision out of a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court highlights a loophole in the Bankruptcy Code which may allow Chapter 7 debtors to keep significant assets out of the hands of trustees and creditors. In In re...more

Secured Creditors Must Be Diligent to Protect Post-Petition Interest and Costs

U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan recently affirmed a ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in In re Construction Supervision, Inc. that a secured creditor that was oversecured...more

The United States Supreme Court Expands Discharge Exception to Include Fraudulent Transfers

Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(2)(A) provides that a debtor may not receive a discharge for a debt for "money, property, services… to the extent obtained by: (A) false pretenses, a false representation or actual fraud… ." In...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

Third Circuit Affirms Bad Faith Involuntary Bankruptcy Dismissal, Increasing Risk of Punitive Damages

Last week’s decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re: Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., No. 14-3906 (3d Cir. Oct. 16, 2015) held that an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed under 11 U.S.C. §...more

Joint Tenancy: What Happens When a Joint Tenant’s Interest Becomes Part of the Bankruptcy Estate?

Peet v. Checkett (In re Peet), 529 B.R. 718 (8th Cir. BAP 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee proposed to sell real and personal property that was owned by the chapter 7 debtors as joint tenants with parents of one of the...more

A Debtor May Forfeit Right to a Chapter 7 Discharge By Refusing to Lower Standard Of Living

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined that a chapter 7 bankruptcy case can be dismissed if the debtor “avoids repayment of debt without an adequate reason.” In re Schwartz, No. 15-1416 (7th Cir. August 24,...more

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

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

Strong Arm Powers: Does Sovereign Immunity Trump a Claim Based on State Law?

Kohut v. Wayne County Treasurer (In re Lewiston), 528 B.R. 387 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2015) – The debtor made property tax payments on behalf of several real estate projects.  The chapter 7 trustee sought to recover those...more

Settlement Proceeds: When Does Cash Become Quasi Real Estate?

Farmer v. Citizens Nat’l Bank of Athens (In re Davis), 528 B.R. 757 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that the trustee had a superior claim to settlement proceeds arising from...more

Growing Medical Marijuana, Problematic in Bankruptcy, and Out

Frank Arenas is licensed in Colorado to grow and dispense medical marijuana. He and his wife own a building, half of which is used for the cultivation and the other half of which is leased to a marijuana dispensary. These...more

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