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Chapter 13 Debtors: Do Not Take It For Granted That a Chapter 13 Debtor Can Exercise Trustee Powers

Andrade v. Essenfeld (In re Andrade), 570 B.R. 121 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2017) – The debtor owned real estate with her brother and sister as tenants-in-common. After she filed bankruptcy, she sought authority to sell both her interests and the interests … Continue reading

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Assignment of Rents: Who Has What Interests?

Town Center Flats, LLC v. ECP Commercial II LLC (In re Town Center Flats, LLC), 855 F.3d 721 (6th Cir. 2017) – A commercial mortgagee exercised its assignment of rents prior to bankruptcy. After it then commenced a foreclosure action, the … Continue reading

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Asset Protection: Legitimate Planning or Fraudulent Transfer Based on Actual Intent to Hinder or Delay Creditors (Who Knows)?

Wiggains v. Reed (In re Wiggains), 848 F.3d 655 (5th Cir. 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a pre-petition partition of community property as a fraudulent transfer. The bankruptcy court ruled in favor of the trustee. After sale … Continue reading

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Serial Filings That Block a Creditor: Better Not to Obtain More Relief Than You Need

In re Ross, 838 F.3d 779 (3rd Cir. 2017) – A debtor filed bankruptcy to block a foreclosure. When he sought to voluntarily dismiss the case, the bankruptcy court granted the request but also enjoined him from filing at any … Continue reading

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Sale Appeals: No Stay, No Appeal – Or Maybe Not

Brown v. Ellmann (In re Brown), 851 F.3d 619 (6th Cir. 2017) – After a chapter 7 trustee sold mortgaged residential property that had been surrendered by the debtor, the debtor claimed an exemption in the sale proceeds based on … Continue reading

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Structured Dismissal: Congress Does Not Hide Elephants in Mouseholes?

Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 580 U.S. ____, 137 S.Ct. 973, __ L. Ed. 2d ___ (2017) – Settlement of LBO litigation led to a structured dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that resulted in distributions to general unsecured creditors … Continue reading

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Surcharging Collateral: Amazing How Long People Can Fight over Money

Peters v. Clark (In re Bryan), 857 F.3d 1078 (10th Cir. 2017) – After a convoluted history of appeals and remands, issues relating to the sale of a residence by a chapter 7 trustee once again came before the 10th … Continue reading

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