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Delinquent Property Tax Sales: Is a Purchaser at Risk If a Property Owner Files Bankruptcy?

Hackler v. Arianna Holdings Co., LLC (In re Hackler), 938 F.3d 473 (3d Cir. 2019) – Chapter 13 debtors sought to avoid a prepetition delinquent property tax sale. The bankruptcy court agreed with the debtors that the transfer of title … Continue reading

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Scrivener’s Error: Can a Residential Deed of Trust Be Avoided Because It States That It Secures a Maximum Principal Amount of $21.1 Trillion?

Rouse v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (In re Lolley), 607 B.R. 673 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a deed of trust lien on the grounds that it did not comply with statutory requirements. Specifically, the … Continue reading

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Delinquent Property Taxes: A Prepetition Tax Sale Purchaser May Find Itself Embroiled in The Bankruptcy

Town of Beacon Falls v. Christiano (In re Christiano), 605 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Conn. 2019) – A prepetition tax sale purchaser sought relief from the automatic stay to exercise its rights with respect to the property it purchased. The debtor … Continue reading

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Real Estate Purchase Agreement: Contract for Deed or Mortgage – It Makes a Difference

In re Edwards, 606 B.R. 356 (Bankr. E.D. Ark. 2019) – A chapter 13 debtor proposed a plan that treated a contract for deed as a secured claim. The seller objected, contending that the contract was terminated prepetition so that the … Continue reading

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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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