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Lease Rejection: What Happens When the Landlord and Tenant Are Both in Bankruptcy?

In re Railyard Co., LLC, 562 B.R. 481 (Bankr. D. N.M. 2016) – Both the landlord and an affiliated tenant filed bankruptcy. The landlord’s trustee filed a motion to reject the lease in the landlord’s case and filed a motion … Continue reading

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Chapter 13 Plans: Start With The Standard Local Plan, And Then What? (Not Much)

In re Sperry, 562 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2016) – The debtors’ chapter 13 plan included a provision requiring the first mortgagee to send the debtors monthly mortgage loan statements. The mortgagee argued that this made the plan unconfirmable.

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Avoiding Mortgages (Again): Consider Carefully the Form of Execution / Acknowledgment When Using a Power Of Attorney

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Lassman (In re DeMore), 844 F.3d 292 (1st Cir. 2016) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using his strong arm powers based on an improper acknowledgment by a person executing the … Continue reading

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Surrendering Property: The Consequences of Surrender Are … Take Your Pick

In re Elkouby, 561 B.R. 551 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2016) – A chapter 7 debtor filed a statement that he intended to surrender real property securing a loan. After the bankruptcy case was closed, the debtor continued actively opposing a … Continue reading

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Avoiding Judicial Liens: Existing But Unenforceable v. Nonexistent

CRP Holdings, A-1, LLC v. O’Sullivan (In re O’Sullivan), 841 F3d 786 (8th Cir. 2016) – A chapter 7 debtor sought to avoid a judgment lien on the grounds that the lien impaired the debtor’s exemption. The bankruptcy court granted … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy Estate: Would the Automatic Stay Protect a Squatter?

In re Castle Service, 560 B.R. 587 (Bankr. D. Utah 2016) – The debtor occupied but did not hold title to the real property where its business was located. A mortgagee seeking to foreclose on the property moved for a … Continue reading

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Property Surrender: Surrender Means Surrender – No If’s, And’s or But’s

Failla v. Citibank, N.A. (In re Failla), 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016) – After chapter 7 debtors filed a statement of intention to surrender their house to their mortgagee, they continued to oppose the lender in a state court … Continue reading

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