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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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Debt Acceleration: If You Say It but Decide You Do Not Mean It, Better to Revisit and Say What You Do Mean

Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Garza (In re Garza), 577 B.R. 258 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2017) – An assignee of debt secured by a deed of trust sought a determination of the validity and extent of its lien. The … Continue reading

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Married Individual Guarantor: Collecting from Property Subject to a Spouse’s Interest Can Be “Iffy”

First Community Bank v. Gaughan (In re Miller), 853 F.3d 508 (9th Cir. 2017) – A creditor obtained an Arizona judgment against the debtor arising from the guarantee which it recorded and registered in California. After the debtor filed bankruptcy … Continue reading

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