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11th Cir. Holds Bankruptcy Chapter 13 to 7 Conversions May Be Dismissed for ‘Abuse’ Under 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that section 707(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, which allows a bankruptcy court to dismiss a chapter 7 petition if it finds that relief would be an “abuse” as defined in that section, applies to a petition initially filed under chapter 13 and converted to

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6th Cir. BAP Holds BK Court Lacked Jurisdiction to Void Mortgage Lien Signed Before but Recorded During Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy court lacked subject matter jurisdiction under the Rooker-Feldman doctrine to void the foreclosure of a mortgage lien that was executed by the debtors before bankruptcy, but recorded while the automatic stay was in effect. In so

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6th Cir. Bankruptcy Panel Holds Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment May Be Avoided

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that a mortgage foreclosure deficiency judgment lien may be avoided under 11 U.S.C. § 522(f)(2), reversing the bankruptcy court’s ruling to the contrary. A copy of the opinion in In re Antoinette Pace is available at:  Link to Opinion. The

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9th Cir. Holds Bankruptcy Cram-Down Valuations to Use ‘Replacement Value’ Not ‘Foreclosure Value’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that for cram-down valuations, 11 U.S.C. § 506(a)(1) requires the use of “replacement value” based upon the adoption of the replacement value standard in Associates Commercial Corp. v. Rash, 520 U.S. 953, 956 (1997). In so ruling, the Ninth Circuit interpreted Rash to instruct

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9th Cir. Bankruptcy Panel Affirms Dismissal of ‘Wrongful Securitization’ Allegations

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of an adversary proceeding without leave to amend, holding that: (a) the debtors failed to state a claim for wrongful foreclosure under California law; (b) the debtors failed to state a claim for breach of contract or

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8th Cir. Rules on Bankruptcy Trustee’s Ability to Recover Overdraft Covering Deposits

In a bankruptcy preferential transfer dispute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy trustee could recover true overdraft covering deposits, while deposits covering intra-day overdrafts were not recoverable. A copy of the opinion in Joseph Sarachek v. Luana Savings Bank is available at:  Link to Opinion. A company filed for

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SD Fla. Bankruptcy Court Refuses to Approve Bankruptcy Plan That Relied on Medical Marijuana Lease Proceeds

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held that a bankruptcy debtor’s Chapter 11 proceeding should not be dismissed as filed in bad faith to delay or avoid foreclosure, but could not confirm the debtor’s proposed plan to lease its commercial property asset to a business that generates income from medical

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6th Cir. Holds Michigan Assignment of Rents Removes Rental Income from Bankruptcy Estate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently concluded that Michigan’s assignment of rents statute sufficiently deprived the assignor of the ownership of the rents such that the rents could not be included in the assignor’s bankruptcy estate. The primary issue before the Court was whether Michigan’s assignment of rents statute allowed the

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2nd Cir. Upholds Dismissal of Supposed ‘LIBOR Fraud’ Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of LIBOR-manipulation fraud claims brought by a group of hotel-related entities and their investor against a bank and two of its subsidiaries. In so ruling, the Second Circuit held that: (a) the borrower and related entities lacked standing to sue because they

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MD Ala. Holds Servicer Did Not Violate Discharge By Sending Periodic Statements, NOI, Delinquency Notices, Hazard Insurance Notices

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama recently held that a mortgage servicer did not violate the discharge injunction in 11 U.S.C. § 524 by sending the discharged borrowers monthly mortgage statements, delinquency notices, notices concerning hazard insurance, and a notice of intent to foreclose. Moreover, because the borrowers based their claims

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds FDCPA Not Violated By Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt

In a 5-3 decision handed down on May 15, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is not violated when a debt collector files a proof of claim for a debt subject to the bar of an expired limitations period. The decision: held that the

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9th Cir. Applies Anti-Deficiency Protections to Debtors’ Bankruptcy Estate Where Property of Estate is Sold in Non-Judicial Foreclosure

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel’s determination that a creditor’s pre-bankruptcy, non-recourse lien on two debtors’ real property is extinguished following a non-judicial foreclosure sale. A copy of the opinion in In re: Salamon is available at:  Link to Opinion. In April 2009, two debtors purchased

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