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Mortgage Preference: Dilly-Dally Around with Recording and You May Lose

USAA Fed. Sav. Bank v. Hope, 589 B.R. 914 (M.D. Ga. 2018) – A bankruptcy trustee sought to avoid a security deed granted to a refinancing lender as a preference. In defense the lender asserted that there was a substantially contemporaneous … Continue reading

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Avoiding an Unrecorded Mortgage: Variations on a Theme

Miranda v. Banco Popular De Puerto Rico (In re Mercado), 587 B.R. 224 (Bankr. D. P.R. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded mortgage and preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The decision … 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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Defective Mortgages: Variations on a Theme

Harker v. PNC Mtg. Co. (In re Oakes), 581 B.R. 500 (6th Cir. B.A.P. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a recorded mortgage with a defective acknowledgment using his strong arm powers. The bankruptcy court ruled in favor … Continue reading

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Defective Mortgages: There Is Constructive Notice, and Then There Is Inquiry Notice

Kelley v. USAA Fed. Sav. Bank (In re Jones), 580 B.R. 916 (Bankr. M.D. Ga. 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a lender’s lien on property of the debtor. The recorded deed of trust was not signed by … Continue reading

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UCC Terminations: An “Oops” Filing Can Be Fatal

Crop Production Services, Inc. v. Wheeler (In re Wheeler), 580 B.R. 719 (Bankr. W.D. Ky. 2017) – A chapter 7 debtor was a farmer who obtained various loans for equipment and land and to put crops in the field. One of … Continue reading

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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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