Monthly Archives: August 2017

Defective Mortgage Acknowledgments: Variations on a Theme

Harker v. PNC Mtg. Co. (In re Oakes), 565 B.R. 616 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a defectively acknowledged mortgage using his “strong-arm” powers. The mortgagee countered that a state “savings” statute prevented … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy Sales: No Stay, No Appeal (Except Issue of Good Faith Purchaser)

Lynch v. Vaccaro, 566 B.R. 290 (E.D.N.Y. 2017) – Both the debtor and the ultimate purchaser appealed bankruptcy orders relating to auction of the debtor’s property by a state court receiver. The district court emphatically dismissed the appeals as moot … Continue reading

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Secured Claims: MERS Strikes Again, Or Maybe Not

Tamir v. U. S. Trustee, 566 B.R. 278 (D. Me. 2016) – A chapter 11 debtor filed objections to proofs of claim filed by holders of his mortgage notes. He argued that the banks did not have secured claims because … Continue reading

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