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Intercreditor Agreements: Recognize That Second Lien Financings Are A Special Case Of Subordinated Lending

BOKF, N.A. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re MPM Silicones, LLC), 518 B.R. 740 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – Senior lienholders sued lenders holding junior liens on common collateral, arguing that the junior lienholders...more

Recent Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Holds That Underwater Mortgages in a Chapter 7 Cannot be “Stripped off"

The Issue and Background - Debtors David Caulkett and Edelmiro Toledo-Cardona (“Debtors”) each filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief with “underwater” junior mortgages held by Bank of America, N.A. (“Bank”). In other...more

Distressed Downloads - June 2015

A Battle in the Making in the Oil and Gas Sector: Second Lien vs. High Yield Debt - In the oil and gas industry, there is a storm brewing between holders of second lien debt and unsecured high yield bonds. These...more

"Strip, Strip Hooray!" - Supreme Court Settles Chapter 7 Lien-Stripping Debate

Twenty-three years after initially visiting the issue, the United States Supreme Court has recently settled what some would call “the single most important unresolved issue in consumer bankruptcy” - whether Chapter 7 permits...more

The Supremes Tell the Eleventh Circuit: No Lien Stripping

On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling resolving a split amongst circuit courts in which the 11th circuit was the singular minority, addressing the permissibility of “lien-stripping” in...more

United States Supreme Court Begrudgingly Extends Dewsnup Decision

United States Supreme Court Begrudgingly Extends Dewsnup Decision in Holding That Chapter 7 Debtors May Not Strip Off Wholly Unsecured Junior Mortgages in Bankruptcy - On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court, in...more

Supreme Court Decides Bank of America v. Caulkett and Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona

On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Bank of America v. Caulkett, No. 13-1421, together with Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona, No. 14-163, holding that a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding may...more

Real Estate Lien Priority Case - Effect of Subordination Agreement on Junior Liens

In a recent decision, the Utah Supreme Court addressed a matter of first impression in Utah, namely, whether a subordination agreement between two senior lenders, which reversed the priority of their respective liens against...more

Stripping of Unsecured Second Mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies in the Crosshairs

Since its 1989 opinion in Folendore v. Small Business Admin., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed debtors to completely strip off and void wholly unsecured junior liens in Chapter 7 bankruptcies under Section...more

Should Underwater Junior Liens Survive Bankruptcy?

On March 24th, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the consolidated appeals of two decisions from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Bank of America v. Caulkett and Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona. The appeals...more

Junior Lienholders: Know When To Admit Defeat

As any real estate lender or investor can testify, holding a junior lien on real estate security can be perilous. Sure, the yields are higher (and in this low interest rate environment, the “search for yield” is a persistent...more

The Lien Stripping Saga Continues in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

In the latest chapter of “lien stripping,” the Honorable Judge Erik P. Kimball of the Southern District of Florida, Bankruptcy Court, recently grappled with the issue of whether a debtor can strip a completely unsecured...more

Illinois Adds Omitted Subordinate Interest Provisions to Mortgage Foreclosure Law

On August 26, Illinois amended its Code of Civil Procedure by adding Section 15-1603.5 to address situations where a foreclosure sale occurred, but a junior lienholder was not named in the foreclosure complaint. Specifically,...more

Merger Doctrine Does Not Prevent Deed of Trust Beneficiary From Extinguishing Junior Lien through Foreclosure, California Court...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that a foreclosure by the beneficiary under a first deed of trust extinguished a junior lien, even though the beneficiary acquired the property by way of a deed in lieu of...more

Preserving The Right To Foreclose After Accepting A Deed In Lieu

When a lender seeks to foreclose under a deed of trust, often a borrower who does not have the resources or incentive to resist the foreclosure will offer the lender a deed in lieu of foreclosure. This can be an attractive...more

The Full Credit Bid at a Foreclosure Sale: Don’t Make One Without the Advice of Knowledgeable Counsel

While the Great Recession appears to be slowly receding, rising oil costs and other price increases threaten to choke off what had appeared to be an economic recovery. Accordingly, foreclosures may become more frequent in the...more

Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down on Lien Stripping

When the Fourth Circuit handed down its opinion in the case of In re Davis, which permitted lien stripping in “Chapter 20” proceedings, the stage was set for the Eleventh Circuit to expand debtor’s ability to escape from...more

Maryland Alters Conditions For Refinancing Without Junior Lienholder Permission

On May 15, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed HB 1045, which alters the conditions for refinancing without junior lienholder permission. Under current law, a mortgagor or grantor may refinance the full unpaid balance at...more

U.S. Bank, Nat’l Ass’n v. Lightstone Holdings, LLC (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 14. 2013) -- Senior Lender Gets Second Chance to Assert...

A recent decision in the protracted litigation by lenders of Extended Stay to recover under guaranties executed by owners of Extended Stay highlights the need for clear and unambiguous drafting in intercreditor agreements....more

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