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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).

TICs: Maybe the Protection of Bankruptcy Will Be the Available If Needed, and Maybe Not

In re Fairfield TIC, LLC, 594 B.R. 852 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2018) – The debtor and its co-owners bought a shopping center as tenants-in-common. After the debtor filed bankruptcy, the noteholder secured by a mortgage on the property and a receiver … Continue reading

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Joint Property Sales: To Successfully Oppose a Sale, You Have to Make Your Case

Desmond v. Francis (In re Francis), 597 B.R. 195 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee commenced an adversary proceeding seeking authority to sell property that the debtor co-owned with his wife as tenants by the entirety free of … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: Local Rules Rule

Oliveras v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (In re Casanova), 595 B.R. 616 (Bankr. P.R. 2018) – A chapter 13 trustee brought an adversary proceeding to avoid a bank’s mortgage lien using his strong arm powers as a hypothetical bona fide … Continue reading

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Reopening a Case: Who Can Upset the Apple Cart?

Plant Materials, LLC v. Alliance Consulting Group, LLC, 596 B.R. 851 (S.D. Miss. 2019) – A contractor that installed a sand screen at a drying facility previously owned by the debtor that was sold “free and clear” in its bankruptcy filed … Continue reading

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Appeals of “Sale” Orders: Sometimes They Are Moot and Sometimes They Are Not

Fenicle v. Energy Future Holdings Corp. (In re Energy Future Holding Corp.), 596 B.R. 473 (D. Del. 2019) – Parties representing “Unmanifested Asbestos Claims” sought to appeal a bankruptcy court order confirming a plan of reorganization that included a sale of … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: Not All Typos Are Fatal

Fuhrman v. Wilmington Sav. Fund Society FSB (In re Fuhrman), 596 B.R. 343 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2018) – A chapter 13 debtor sought disallowance of a mortgage claim based on an error in the mortgage legal description. The lender moved to … Continue reading

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Order in Aid of Sale of a Business: Can the Court Enjoin a Debtor from Competing with the Purchaser?

Butler v. Wojtkun (In re Wojtkun), 596 B.R. 74 (D. Mass. 2019) – To facilitate the sale of a debtor’s dental practice, a chapter 7 trustee sought issuance of a noncompetition injunction against the debtor. The bankruptcy court declined to issue … Continue reading

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