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About BankruptcyRealEstateInsights

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 Valuation of Secured Claims: What Happens When Foreclosure Value Is Higher Than Without Foreclosure?

First Southern Nat’l. Bank v. Sunnyslope Housing Ltd. P’ship. (In re Sunnyslope Housing Ltd. P’ship.), 859 F.3d 637 (9th Cir. 2017) – A creditor appealed a bankruptcy court order valuing a secured claim at $3.9 million for purposes of a … Continue reading

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Surcharging Collateral: Amazing How Long People Can Fight over Money

Peters v. Clark (In re Bryan), 857 F.3d 1078 (10th Cir. 2017) – After a convoluted history of appeals and remands, issues relating to the sale of a residence by a chapter 7 trustee once again came before the 10th … Continue reading

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Claiming Insurance Proceeds: Watch for State Law Twists and Turns

Park Restoration, LLC v. Erie Insurance Exchange (In re Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park, Inc.), 855 F.3d 519 (3rd Cir. 2017) – When the debtor’s property was destroyed by fire, the insurance company applied the insurance proceeds first to delinquent property … Continue reading

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Stale Debt and the FDCPA: Unenforceable Does Not Necessarily Mean No Payment

Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, ___ U.S. ____, 137 S. Ct. 1407, 197 L. Ed. 2d 790 (2017) – The question before the court was whether filing a bankruptcy proof of claim for a debt where the limitations period has run … Continue reading

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Non-Recourse Loan Redux: Turning into Recourse and Back Again

Mastan v. Salamon (In re Salamon), 854 F.3d 632 (9th Cir. 2017) – A deed of trust creditor filed a claim in a Chapter 11 case contending that its nonrecourse loan was entitled to treatment as a recourse loan under section … Continue reading

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Automatic Stay: Beware State Specific Quirks When Filing Liens

In re Linear Electric Co., 852 F.3d 313 (3rd Cir. 2017) – After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, two of its suppliers filed construction liens against property of owners who had contracts with the contractor. The debtor sought a determination that … Continue reading

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Lease Claims: Exactly How Does the Cap Work?

Kupfer v. Salma (In re Kupfer), 852 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2016) – The controversy before the 9th Circuit involved interpretation of the cap on landlord claims under section 502 of the Bankruptcy Code. Prior to bankruptcy the leases in question … Continue reading

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