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Fox Rothschild LLP

Are My Retirement Accounts Exempt? – Beware Of Prohibited Transactions

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IRA and 401(k) retirement accounts are generally exempt from claims of creditors pursuant to Section 222.21, Florida Statutes and Section 522 of the Bankruptcy Code. For this reason, these types of retirement accounts can be...more

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Using Trusts to Protect Assets in Bankruptcy

In In re Blasingame, 2018 WL 2084789 (B.A.P. 6th Cir. May 3, 2018), the Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel demonstrates that trusts can be used to protect assets from the reach of creditors in the context of a...more

SmithAmundsen LLC

Supreme Court To Decide Important Bankruptcy Case

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The United States Supreme Court is poised to decide whether a mis-statement about a single asset must be in writing in order to give rise to a non-dischargeable debt for fraud. Scott Appling supposedly orally lied to his...more

Balch & Bingham LLP

Texas Bankruptcy Judge Holds that Not Every Loan Related to Education is a Nondischargeable Student Loan in Purported Class Action

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Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(8) generally prohibits a discharge of student loan debt, unless the student debtor can prove that paying it back would be an undue hardship—often a high bar. That does not stop student debtors...more

Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA

The CFPB is About to Enact New Requirements for Mortgage Servicers – Is Your Organization Prepared?

On April 19th, changes made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) via the Mortgage Servicing Final Rule to Regulation Z will take effect, and mortgage servicers will be required to make changes to the periodic...more

Burr & Forman

Failla And Taylor Are Alive And Well: Eleventh Circuit Again Confirms That Debtors Cannot Retain Secured Property Absent...

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For the third time in less than two years, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a chapter 7 debtor who does not reaffirm secured debt or redeem the property must surrender the property. In re Woide, No....more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Restricted vs. Continuing Guaranty and the Section 727(b) Discharge

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Is your guaranty restricted or continuing? A continuing guaranty gives rise to divisible individual transactions, while a restricted guaranty­—one that concerns a contemplated and specified extension of credit—arises upon...more

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Court Holds that Bankruptcy Judges Cannot Impose Punitive Sanctions

Bankruptcy courts lack the power to impose serious punitive sanctions, a federal district judge ruled recently in PHH Mortgage Corporation v. Sensenich, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207801 (D. Vt. Dec. 18, 2018). Judge Geoffrey...more

Burr & Forman

Eleventh Circuit Narrows Application of Judicial Estoppel

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The Eleventh Circuit has revisited the question of when a debtor may be judicially estopped from pursuing a civil lawsuit due to his or her failure to disclose the claims forming the basis of the lawsuit in their bankruptcy....more

Robinson & Cole LLP

Cramdown Interest Rate Best Set Based on Market Rates

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The Bankruptcy Code permits cramdown of a secured creditor but requires that the secured creditor receive deferred cash payments at least equal to the value of its collateral. This means that installment payments to the...more

Perkins Coie

Debtor’s Failure to Disclose No Longer Deadly in Eleventh Circuit

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Employers and other defendants suffered a setback recently. Most large companies have been sued by an employee who failed to disclose the lawsuit or cause of action in their individual bankruptcy case. For many years, the...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

Dear Debtor, Three Strikes And You’re Outta Here!

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When an individual files for bankruptcy protection, he/she is entitled to certain wonderful benefits. For example, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing will stop (at least temporarily) a home foreclosure or car repossession and...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

Dear Mortgage Lender – Where Debtors Surrender, Act Quickly

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The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in the Failla case was triumph for mortgage lenders when it affirmed the District Court’s opinion that “once the debtor decides to ‘surrender’ secured property… [w]hile the debtor need not...more

Burr & Forman

Eleventh Circuit Moves Toward Bright Line Rule That Debtors Cannot Retain Real Property Post- Discharge Without Reaffirming the...

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Last year, Burr & Forman lawyers won a decisive victory in the Eleventh Circuit, in the case of In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016). In Failla, the Eleventh Circuit held that a debtor who files a statement of...more

Ruder Ware

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

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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

Lane Powell PC

ERISA Benefits and a Claimant’s Bankruptcy: When Judicial Estoppel Requires Dismissal of Lawsuits Seeking Long Term Disability...

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Don’t forget that... judicial estoppel can require dismissal of a claimant’s suit for ERISA-governed long term disability (LTD) benefits if the claimant failed to list the “potential cause of action” in bankruptcy filings....more

Balch & Bingham LLP

Eleventh Circuit Declines to Expand Reach of “Least Sophisticated Consumer” Standard In the Context of Sending Periodic Mortgage...

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The Eleventh Circuit recently clarified that sending periodic mortgage statements following a debtor’s bankruptcy discharge is not misleading to the “least sophisticated consumer.” In Helman v. Bank of America, 15-13672, 2017...more

Burr & Forman

11th Circuit Clarifies FDCPA/FCCPA Issues Re Periodic Mortgage Statements After Bankruptcy

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In Helman v. Bank of America, 15-13672, 2017 WL 1350728 (11th Cir. April 12, 2017) the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal clarified important issues regarding the use of periodic mortgage statements after a bankruptcy...more

Burr & Forman

Court Rejects Lender’s Objection to Payment of Debtor’s Counsel’s Fees and Expenses from Pre-Petition Retainer

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In a decision rendered on December 30, 2016, the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) addressed the debtor’s counsel’s interim application for an award of fees and expenses for services rendered...more

Proskauer - Minding Your Business

Courts Split on Definition of a “Return” for Tax Discharge

On October 11, 2016, Martin Smith petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit. After Smith failed to file a timely tax return, the IRS assessed a deficiency against him....more

Burr & Forman

Debtors Who Misuse Collateral Can Lose the Benefit of Discharging their Debt in Bankruptcy

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On November 21, 2016, in a case entitled In re Monson, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which held that a debtor’s conduct constituted a willful and malicious injury to a...more

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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

Burr & Forman

Eleventh Circuit Affirms That a Debtor’s Surrender in Bankruptcy Means Just That-You Must Surrender

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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

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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

Robins Kaplan LLP

Eighth Circuit Opinions Highlight Need to Apply Appellate Lens at Trial Court

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We often quip that the best way to establish a winning record as an appellate lawyer is to represent the party that won below; that’s no joke. In nearly every appellate court— state or federal— appellants have an uphill...more

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