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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).

Plan Requirements: What Can You Do When a Party Fails To Comply With a Plan? – Good Question

In re Fierke, 567 B.R. 322 (Bankr. W.D. Mich. 2017) – A chapter 13 debtor requested sanctions against a creditor for a delay in releasing its lien on the debtor’s manufactured home as required under the debtor’s confirmed plan. After … Continue reading

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Federal Tax Liens: Be on the Lookout for Tax Lien Notices – Perfection and Priority Can Be Tricky

In re Aquatic Pools, Inc., 567 B.R. 376 (Bankr. D. N.M. 2017) – The IRS filed a proof of claim that included unpaid taxes, prepetition penalties and prepetition interest. The chapter 11 debtor objected to the IRS’ proof of claim … Continue reading

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“Duly Acknowledged” Is Not Enough: Play It Again Sam

James B. Nutter & Co. v. DeGiacomo (In re Reznikov), 567 B.R. 239 (D. Mass. 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage – alleging that there was a defective acknowledgment certificate based on a failure to state … Continue reading

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Automatic Stay: Relief Permitting Foreclosure Does Not Give a Mortgagee Carte Blanche

Haugren v. Multibank 2009-1 CRE Venture, LLC (In re Laprade’s Marina, LLC), 566 B.R. 84 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2017) – A mortgagee that obtained relief from the automatic stay and conducted a nonjudicial foreclosure sale of the real estate securing … Continue reading

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Property Tax Claims: One More Effort to Collect As Much Is Possible

Metro. Govt. of Nashville & Davidson County v. Hildebrand (In re Corrin), 849 F.3rd 653 (6th Cir. 2017) – A debtor’s chapter 13 plan proposed to pay 12% interest on an oversecured delinquent property tax claim. The taxing authority objected … Continue reading

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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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