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Avoiding Mortgages: The Saga of Exercising Strong Arm Powers Continues

Harker v. PNC Mortgage Co. (In re Oakes), 917 F.3d 523 (6th Cir. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee brought an adversary proceeding to avoid a defectively acknowledged mortgage by exercising a trustee’s strong-arm powers as a bona fide purchaser of … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: Not All Typos Are Fatal

Fuhrman v. Wilmington Sav. Fund Society FSB (In re Fuhrman), 596 B.R. 343 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2018) – A chapter 13 debtor sought disallowance of a mortgage claim based on an error in the mortgage legal description. The lender moved to … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: What Happens When A Stranger to The Transaction Files a Discharge in Error?

Kelley v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (In re Bowers), 595 B.R. 869 (Bankr. M.D. Ga. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a security deed based on the fact that as of the petition date satisfactions of the security … Continue reading

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Selling Real Estate Free and Clear: The Trustee Does Not Always Win

Belfance v. Shelton (In re Shelton), 593 B.R. 755 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a determination of rights in connection with seeking authority to sell property free and clear of other interests using its power of … Continue reading

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Strong Arm Powers: Watch out for That Hypothetical Bona Fide Purchaser – It Can Do More Than Void Transfers and Obligations

Fallon Family, L.P. v. Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (In re Goodrich Petroleum Corp.), 894 F.3d 192 (5th Cir. 2018) – A non-debtor party filed a motion to either (1) compel the debtor to assume or reject a settlement agreement, or (2) “dissolve” … Continue reading

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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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