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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).

Defective Mortgages: Variations on a Theme

Harker v. PNC Mtg. Co. (In re Oakes), 581 B.R. 500 (6th Cir. B.A.P. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a recorded mortgage with a defective acknowledgment using his strong arm powers. The bankruptcy court ruled in favor … Continue reading

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Interests Held by the Bankruptcy Estate: Can Contingent Interests Go Poof?

Reinbold v. Thorpe (In re Thorpe), 881 F.3d 536 (7th Cir. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid the interest of a debtor’s wife in property that was awarded to her in a state court divorce proceeding. This decision … Continue reading

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Defective Mortgages: There Is Constructive Notice, and Then There Is Inquiry Notice

Kelley v. USAA Fed. Sav. Bank (In re Jones), 580 B.R. 916 (Bankr. M.D. Ga. 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a lender’s lien on property of the debtor. The recorded deed of trust was not signed by … Continue reading

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UCC Terminations: An “Oops” Filing Can Be Fatal

Crop Production Services, Inc. v. Wheeler (In re Wheeler), 580 B.R. 719 (Bankr. W.D. Ky. 2017) – A chapter 7 debtor was a farmer who obtained various loans for equipment and land and to put crops in the field. One of … Continue reading

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Chapter 13 Plan Forced Vesting: If There Is No Objection And A Plan Is Confirmed, The Matter Is Settled Whether The Law Is Or Not

In re Peterson, 581 B.R. 789 (Bankr. D. Md. 2018) – A chapter 13 debtor confirmed a plan that provided for surrender of her condominium unit to secured creditors. After confirmation, the condominium association sought relief from the automatic stay to … Continue reading

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Manufactured Home Loans: Deciding Whether the Chapter 13 Anti-Modification Provision Applies Can Be A Vexatious Issue

The Paddock, LLC v. Bennett (In re Bennett), 584 B.R. 15 (8th Cir. B.A.P. 2018) – The debtors proposed a chapter 13 plan that modified the rights of a creditor whose claim was secured by their manufactured home. The creditor objected … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy Sales: A “Free and Clear” Sale Does Not Necessarily Mean That the Buyer Goes Scot-Free

In re Gawker Media LLC, 581 B.R. 754 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2017) – A purchaser of substantially all of the debtors’ assets sought to enforce the “free and clear” language in the bankruptcy court sales order by asking the bankruptcy court to … Continue reading

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