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5th Cir. Holds Automatic Stay Violation Claim Against Mortgagee Barred by Judicial Estoppel

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a mortgagee’s foreclosure action did not violate an automatic stay imposed during one of the plaintiff’s chapter 13 bankruptcy schedules, where the debtor failed to amend his bankruptcy schedules to disclose his recent…

8th Cir. BAP Rules No Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Over Third-Party Challenge to Validity of Mortgage

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit recently applied the “conceivable effect” test in holding that a bankruptcy court lacked jurisdiction over a state law fraud claim raised by a third party regarding the validity of a lender’s lien, and therefore, declined to…

9th Cir. Holds Party With Pecuniary Interest Has Standing to Appeal Bankruptcy Order

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a party with a pecuniary interest affected by a bankruptcy court order satisfies the “person aggrieved” requirement for appellate standing even where the party fails to appear and object in the bankruptcy proceeding. Accordingly,…

11th Cir. Vacates Dismissal of Mortgagee’s Deficiency Claims Following Debtor’s Bankruptcy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently vacated a trial court’s dismissal of a mortgagee’s deficiency claims and remanded to the trial court to determine whether the voluntary dismissal of a bankrupt debtor’s Chapter 11 case without a discharge had any effect…

11th Cir. Holds Debtors’ Counsel Violates BK Code by Advising Debtor to Pay Legal Fees by Credit Card

In an action against a Florida consumer plaintiffs’ firm that also functions as consumer bankruptcy debtors’ counsel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a bankruptcy attorney violates section 526(a)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code if he instructs a client to…

6th Cir. BAP Holds Constructive Notice Did Not Bar Bankruptcy Trustee’s Challenge to Defectively Executed Mortgage

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently held that the constructive notice provisions of section 1301.401 of the Ohio Revised Code do not limit a bankruptcy trustee’s avoidance powers as a hypothetical judgment lien creditor under section 544(a)(1) of the federal Bankruptcy Code.…

Fla. App. Court (4th DCA) Holds Trial Court Improperly Applied Federal Judicial Estoppel Rule to Undisclosed Assets in Bankruptcy

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently reversed a trial court’s order denying two borrowers’ request for attorney’s fees and costs on judicial estoppel grounds. In so ruling, the Fourth DCA held that the trial court improperly relied on…

11th Cir. Rejects Challenge to Debtors’ Ability to Recover Attorney’s Fees in Stay Violation Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held, in a case of first impression, that “the Bankruptcy Code authorizes payment of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by debtors in successfully pursuing an action for damages resulting from the violation of the automatic…

9th Cir. Limits Subsequent Good-Faith Transferee Exception in Bankruptcy Fraudulent Transfer Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that a debtor corporation’s sole shareholder and third parties who sold real property and services to the sole shareholder could be liable for fraudulent transfers. In so ruling, the Ninth Circuit held that the…

8th Cir. BAP Holds Lien on Real Property Held in Tenancy by the Entireties Was Avoidable

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court’s holding that a creditor held an unenforceable lien against a debtor’s real property because the property was owned by the entireties and the lien was thus avoidable under Bankruptcy Code §…