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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).

Mortgage Legal Descriptions: To Avoid Litigation, Get It Right in the First Place

Ivy v. U.S. Bank N.A. as Legal Title Trustee for Truman 2016 SC6 Title Trust (In re Ivy), 604 B.R. 540 (Bankr. W.D. Ark. 2019) – A chapter 7 debtor brought an adversary proceeding against a foreclosing lender seeking a bankruptcy … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Adjournment: Does Continue Really Mean Continue?

In re Winters, 604 B.R. 54 (Bankr. D. Utah 2019) – A chapter 7 debtor contended that a mortgage creditor’s postponement of a scheduled nonjudicial foreclosure sale after receiving notice of the debtor’s bankruptcy constituted a violation of the automatic stay. … Continue reading

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Extending the Stay to Third Parties: Sometimes a Bankruptcy Court Will Intercede

Durr Mechanical Constr., Inc. v. I.K. Constr. Inc. (In re Durr Mechanical Constr., Inc.), 604 B.R. 131 (S.D.N.Y. 2019) – A general contractor debtor filed an adversary proceeding against a subcontractor seeking various relief. It then filed a motion seeking to … Continue reading

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Easements and Sales “Free and Clear”: Oops – All Gone

Port of Corpus Christi Auth. v. Sherwin Alumina Co., L.L.C. (In re Sherwin Alumina Co., L.L.C.), 932 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 2019) – A state port authority (1) challenged sale of property free and clear of its road easement on Eleventh … Continue reading

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Chapter 7 Sales: The Debtor May Be Pretty Much Irrelevant

Pasley v. Keats (In re Pasley), 603 B.R. 6 (6th Cir. BAP 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to sell real estate owned by the debtor’s limited liability company (LLC). When the bankruptcy court entered an order approving the sale … Continue reading

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Sale Orders: What Constitutes a Collateral Attack?

Fulmer v. Fifth Third Equipment Finance Co., 931 F.3d 730 (8th Cir. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee sued more than 20 defendants alleging more than a dozen causes of action based on an allegation that a higher price could have … Continue reading

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