Category Archives: Financing

Disallowed Claims and Lien Stripping: Plain English May Not Be Sufficient to Win the Day

Kohout v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 576 B.R. 290 (N.D.N.Y. 2017) – Chapter 13 debtors sought to avoid a mortgage lien after the claim was disallowed on procedural grounds. The bankruptcy court found in favor of the mortgagee and the debtors appealed … Continue reading

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Springing Liability: Full Recourse Means Full Recourse

Oak Creek Plaza, LLC v. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, 579 B.R. 460 (N.D. Ill. 2017) – The key issue in this case turned on interpretation of the recourse provisions of a mortgage note. The bankruptcy court held that the debtor’s bankruptcy … Continue reading

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Setoff: When Is a Deficiency an Insufficiency?

Hurt v. HUD (In re Hurt), 579 B.R. 765 (Bankr. W.D. Va. 2017) – The debtors sought to recover a federal tax refund that the United States Department of Treasury set off prebankruptcy in partial satisfaction of a foreclosure deficiency the … Continue reading

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Cramdown: Can “Dirt-for-Debt” Qualify as the Indubitable Equivalent of a Secured Claim?

Bate Land Co. LP v. Bate Land & Timber LLC (In re Bate Land & Timber LLC), 877 F.3d 188 (4th Cir. 2017) – A Chapter 11 debtor sought approval of a plan of reorganization that included a partial “dirt-for-debt” treatment … Continue reading

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Multiple Bankruptcy Filings: Try, Try, Try Again (… And Again… And Again)

United States v. Olayer (In re Olayer), 577 B.R. 464 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2017) – After a debtor filed his fifth chapter 12 petition in 21 years, the Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) filed a motion for relief from … Continue reading

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Non-Dischargeability: Shuffling Assets Among Entities May Lead To Non-Dischargeability No Matter How Indirect and Difficult to Follow

Dz Bank Ag Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaft Bank v. Meyer, 869 F.3d 939 (9th Cir. 2017)– The debtors caused assets to be transferred out of a closely-held corporation. A bank creditor alleged that the indirect transfer constituted a fraudulent transfer, and as … Continue reading

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Nondischarge for Fraud and the Like: Going After the Debtor May be Harder Than You Would Expect

Cowin v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (In re Cowin), 864 F.3d 344 (5th Cir. 2017) – Deed of trust holders sought to except debts from discharge in a debtor’s individual chapter 11 case on the grounds of debtor’s larceny, embezzlement, or … Continue reading

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