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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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Interests Held by the Bankruptcy Estate: Can Contingent Interests Go Poof?

Reinbold v. Thorpe (In re Thorpe), 881 F.3d 536 (7th Cir. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid the interest of a debtor’s wife in property that was awarded to her in a state court divorce proceeding. This decision … 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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Delinquent Property Tax Sales: What Rights Does a Tax Sale Purchaser Have?

Encore Assets, LLC v. Woodley (In re Woodley), 579 B.R. 630 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2017) – A chapter 13 debtor proposed to pay a prepetition property tax sale purchaser the statutory redemption amount over time. The purchaser objected, contending that the … Continue reading

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Landlord Liens: When Is Waiver and Subordination Not Waiver and Subordination?

Franklin County Area Dev. Corp. v. Edge Pennsylvania, LLC (In re Edge Pennsylvania, LLC), 580 B.R. 120 (Bankr. M.D. Pa. 2017) – A commercial landlord brought a state court action to determine the priority of its landlord lien versus a lender’s … Continue reading

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Cramdown: Can “Dirt-for-Debt” Qualify as the Indubitable Equivalent of a Secured Claim?

Bate Land Co. LP v. Bate Land & Timber LLC (In re Bate Land & Timber LLC), 877 F.3d 188 (4th Cir. 2017) – A Chapter 11 debtor sought approval of a plan of reorganization that included a partial “dirt-for-debt” treatment … 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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