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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).

Construction Payments: Can A Debtor Grab the Money?

Insite Corp. v. Walsh Constr. Co. Puerto Rico, 906 F.3d 139 (1st Cir. 2018) – A debtor subcontractor sought to recover progress payments it claimed were due from a general contractor. The general contractor argued that the debtor did not have … Continue reading

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Disclosing Assets: You Cannot Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Fornesa v. Fifth Third Mtg. Co., 897 F.3d 624 (5th Cir. 2018) – A debtor and his son sued a bank for foreclosing on property that the debtor acquired from his son postpetition while the automatic stay was in effect. Litigation … Continue reading

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Strong Arm Powers: Watch out for That Hypothetical Bona Fide Purchaser – It Can Do More Than Void Transfers and Obligations

Fallon Family, L.P. v. Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (In re Goodrich Petroleum Corp.), 894 F.3d 192 (5th Cir. 2018) – A non-debtor party filed a motion to either (1) compel the debtor to assume or reject a settlement agreement, or (2) “dissolve” … Continue reading

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Automatic Stay Relief: Where Best to Untangle Joint Ownership Interests?

In re Guy, 587 B.R. 475 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 2018) – A chapter 7 debtor and his sister jointly owned real property as tenants-in-common. The sister moved for relief from the automatic stay in order to commence a state court action for … Continue reading

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Exemption for Government Assistance: How Needy Is Needy?

Hanson v. Seaver (In re Hanson), 903 F.3d 793 (8th Cir. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee objected to a debtor’s exemption claim for a state property tax refund. The bankruptcy court sustained the objection; the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed on … Continue reading

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Valuing a Secured Claim: Who Knew That Retail Price Could Be So Elusive

21st Mortgage Corp. v. Glenn (In re Glenn), 900 F.3d 187 (5th Cir. 2018) – In valuing a mobile home for purposes of determining the amount of a secured claim for a chapter 13 plan, the bankruptcy court declined to include … Continue reading

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Plan Enforcement: Beware of Advisory Opinions

In re Cubic Energy, Inc., 587 B.R. 849 (Bankr. D. Del. 2018) – Two nondebtor parties sought a bankruptcy court order interpreting and enforcing provisions in a confirmed plan of reorganization that addressed certain litigation and barred further claims. The court … Continue reading

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