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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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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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Sovereign Immunity: Still Plenty of Room for Argument When You Try to Recover From the Government

Zazzali v. United States (In re DBSI, Inc.), 869 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2017) – A chapter 11 trustee sought to recover a debtor’s prepetition tax payments to the federal government on the grounds that they were fraudulent transfers. The government … Continue reading

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Federal Tax Liens: Be on the Lookout for Tax Lien Notices – Perfection and Priority Can Be Tricky

In re Aquatic Pools, Inc., 567 B.R. 376 (Bankr. D. N.M. 2017) – The IRS filed a proof of claim that included unpaid taxes, prepetition penalties and prepetition interest. The chapter 11 debtor objected to the IRS’ proof of claim … Continue reading

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“Duly Acknowledged” Is Not Enough: Play It Again Sam

James B. Nutter & Co. v. DeGiacomo (In re Reznikov), 567 B.R. 239 (D. Mass. 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage – alleging that there was a defective acknowledgment certificate based on a failure to state … Continue reading

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Defective Mortgage Acknowledgments: Variations on a Theme

Harker v. PNC Mtg. Co. (In re Oakes), 565 B.R. 616 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a defectively acknowledged mortgage using his “strong-arm” powers. The mortgagee countered that a state “savings” statute prevented … Continue reading

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