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Vicki R. Harding was a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton LLP who moved to Arizona seeking warmer weather. Ms. Harding continues to handle commercial transactions with an emphasis on real estate and bankruptcy issues (but no longer owns a snow shovel).

Landlord Bankruptcy: A Tenant Is Not Out of Options If the Landlord Rejects Its Lease

IDEA Boardwalk, LLC v. Revel Entertainment Group, LLC (In re Revel AC Inc.), 909 F.3d 597 (3rd Cir. 2018) – A tenant that elected to retain its rights under a commercial lease after a debtor landlord rejected the lease sought clarification … Continue reading

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Discharge of Debt: A Seller Relying on a Buyer’s Assumption of Debt May Be Out of Luck If the Buyer Files Bankruptcy

Recanati v. Roberts (In re Roberts), 594 B.R. 484 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2018) – In connection with acquisition of a restaurant the debtor agreed to assume debts of the business. After the debtor filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy, the former owners … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: What Happens When A Stranger to The Transaction Files a Discharge in Error?

Kelley v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (In re Bowers), 595 B.R. 869 (Bankr. M.D. Ga. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a security deed based on the fact that as of the petition date satisfactions of the security … Continue reading

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Selling Real Estate Free and Clear: The Trustee Does Not Always Win

Belfance v. Shelton (In re Shelton), 593 B.R. 755 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a determination of rights in connection with seeking authority to sell property free and clear of other interests using its power of … Continue reading

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Tax Lien Foreclosures: Property Tax Collection Meets Fraudulent Transfers – Who Wins?

Hampton v. Ontario County, New York, 588 B.R. 671 (W.D. N.Y. 2018), 588 B.R. 671 (W.D. N.Y. 2018) – The debtors sought to set aside prepetition property tax foreclosures as constructively fraudulent transfers. The bankruptcy court granted the government’s motion … Continue reading

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Sales Free and Clear: The Devil Is in the Details

In re Bridge Assoc. of Soho, Inc., 589 B.R. 512 (Bankr. E.D. N.Y. 2018) – The debtor filed a motion to sell a residential loft building free and clear of possessory rights of the occupants. The bankruptcy court determined that the … Continue reading

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Construction Subcontractor Claims: Is a Subcontractor Merely a Creditor of a Creditor Without Standing?

In re Alliance Consulting Group LLC, 588 B.R. 169 (Bankr. S.D. Miss. 2018) – A subcontractor sought to reopen a bankruptcy case so that it could assert an administrative expense claim for work it did on a chapter 11 debtor’s facility. … Continue reading

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