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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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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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Preferences: Judgment Creditors May Find Themselves Exposed Given the Nature of Judgment Liens

Karim v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC (In re Karim), 582 B.R. 193 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2018) – Chapter 11 debtors sought to avoid prepetition transfers to a judgment creditor as preferences. The debtors received a check in connection with the sale … Continue reading

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Who Gets to Keep the Money: Sometimes Procedural Arguments Can Matter as Much as Substantive Arguments

Allison v. Centris Fed. Credit Union (In re Tri-State Financial, LLC), 885 F.3d 528 (8th Cir. 2018) – A Chapter 11 trustee brought a proceeding to determine ownership of ~$1.2 million. Initially the bankruptcy court held that the funds were not … Continue reading

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PACA Claims: Watch Out or the Tail Will Wag the Dog

In re Cherry Growers, Inc., 576 B.R.. 569 (Bankr. W.D. Mich. 2017) – A chapter 11 debtor that purchased agricultural produce but also earned income from non-Perishable Agricultural Act (PACA) sources sought court authorization to use cash collateral. A PACA claimant … Continue reading

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Authority to File Bankruptcy: When Is a Veto Void as Against Public Policy?

Squire Court Partners L.P. v. Credit Enhanced Partners LP Series J (In re Squire Court Partners L.P.), 574 B.R. 701 (E.D. Ark. 2017) – A general partner filed a bankruptcy petition on behalf of a limited partnership without consent of … Continue reading

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Sovereign Immunity: Still Plenty of Room for Argument When You Try to Recover From the Government

Zazzali v. United States (In re DBSI, Inc.), 869 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2017) – A chapter 11 trustee sought to recover a debtor’s prepetition tax payments to the federal government on the grounds that they were fraudulent transfers. The government … Continue reading

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