Tag Archives: statutory liens

Avoiding Judicial Liens: Existing But Unenforceable v. Nonexistent

CRP Holdings, A-1, LLC v. O’Sullivan (In re O’Sullivan), 841 F3d 786 (8th Cir. 2016) – A chapter 7 debtor sought to avoid a judgment lien on the grounds that the lien impaired the debtor’s exemption. The bankruptcy court granted … Continue reading

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Subcontractor Claims: What Can You Do Once Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy?

Branch Banking & Trust Co. v Construction Supervision Services, Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services, Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014) – After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its subcontractors requested clarification from the court about whether … Continue reading

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Underwater Liens: Can A Federal Tax Lien Be Stripped Off In A Chapter 13?

Ryan v. United States of America (In re Ryan) 725 F.3d 623 (7th Cir. 2013) – A chapter 13 debtor sought to void a federal tax lien under Section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code to the extent that it exceeded the value … Continue reading

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Claim Priority: Construction Lien Meets Mortgage – Who Wins?

ROK Builders, LLC v. 2010-1 SFG Venture LLC (In re Moultonborough Hotel Group, LLC), 726 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2013) – After the owner of a newly constructed hotel filed bankruptcy, the assignee of the construction mortgage sought a declaration that … Continue reading

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Automatic Stay: Rolling the Dice With a Tax Deed

In re Rugroden, 481 B.R. 69 (Bankr. N.D. Cal. 2012) – Can the IRS issue a tax deed for real property after a bankruptcy has been filed where the tax sale took place prior to bankruptcy, or is that a violation … Continue reading

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Tax Claims: Good Investment (Maybe)?

In re Kopec, 473 B.R. 597 (Bankr. D. N.J. 2012) – Does the purchaser of a tax sale certificate hold a “tax claim” for purposes of Section 511 of the Bankruptcy Code?  In Kopec the answer to that question meant the difference … Continue reading

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Condo Liens: Judicial Lien v. Security Interest v. Statutory Lien – And Who Cares?

Young v. 1200 Buena Vista Condominiums, 477 B.R. 594 (W.D. Pa. 2012) – Young, a chapter 13 debtor, sought to avoid a condominium association lien for assessments because his chapter 13 plan was feasible only if a large portion of the lien … Continue reading

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