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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

Mistakes and Regrets: UCC Filing Error Terminates Security Interest

Action Item: When a secured loan is being paid off, lenders routinely authorize the borrower’s counsel to prepare and file UCC termination statements releasing the lender’s security interest in the borrower’s property. ...more

Mistakenly Filed UCC Termination Statement Results in Lender’s $1.5 Billion GM Bankruptcy Unsecured Loan

On October 20, 2014, we issued a Legal News Alert commenting on a decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, on certification from the Second Circuit, regarding the effect of a mistaken UCC-3 termination statement. The Delaware...more

Ms. McNeal Goes to Washington

For those of you who have followed our blog since its inception, you will know that one of our most discussed opinions is that of In re McNeal, in which the Eleventh Circuit held that a debtor may strip a wholly unsecured...more

Top 5 Consumer Articles in 2014!

Each year on New Year’s Eve I like to take a look back at the articles I published and which ones helped the most people. During 2014 over 85,000 people from 146 countries read the articles on my blog! It always amazes the...more

Cramdown Hurdles Round 2: Confirmation Can Be An Elusive Prize

In re NNN Parkway 400 26, LLC, 505 B.R. 277 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2014) – The primary creditor (an undersecured lender) objected to the debtors’ proposed plan of reorganization on various grounds, including that the plan...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Rules That Undersecured Creditor Could Object to Claims that Were Listed on the Debtor’s...

In In re 3333 Main, LLC, Case No. 13-51533 (ECF No. 172) (Bankr. D. Conn. May 29, 2014) (Shiff, J.), the Debtor listed a number of unsecured claims on its bankruptcy schedules without indicating they were disputed, contingent...more

CFPB issues Snapshot of older consumers and mortgage debt

The CFPB’s Office for Older Americans released a report this month reviewing mortgage debt held by older consumers—individuals age 65 and older. The report found that older consumers are carrying more mortgage debt into...more

Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Court Rules On Issue of First Impression Concerning Lien Stripping in A Chapter 7 Case

“Lien stripping” often takes two forms. A debtor’s attempt to void the unsecured portion of a lien when there is some but not enough equity in collateral to fully cover a lienholder’s entire debt is commonly referred to as a...more

DOJ Alleges Community Bank’s Unsecured Loan Pricing Violated ECOA

Last month, the DOJ announced a settlement with a three-branch, $78 million Texas bank to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of national origin in the pricing of...more

Collecting Deficiency on Wholly-Unsecured Nonrecourse Loan (in Chapter 11)

Some of you who read the title of this post may have done a quick double-take, as it is well established that lenders may not collect a deficiency on a nonrecourse loan under state law. However, the Bankruptcy Code provides...more

Administration Rents: Next Stop - Court of Appeal

A key legal High Court hearing on the “Goldacre Ruling”, which deals with how rent is paid during an administration (and often leaves landlords out of pocket), means that the Court of Appeal will now consider whether “rents...more

Asset Division Includes Dividing Debts

One of the most complex aspects of the divorce process can be dividing marital assets — and debts. When a court divides a divorcing couple’s debts, its goal is primarily to divide the debts in a way that is fair to both...more

Can bankruptcy save my house from foreclosure?

I'm behind in my house mortgage payments and the bank is threatening to foreclose. Can bankruptcy save my house?...more

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