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4th Cir. Vacates Bankruptcy Civil Contempt Order Against Creditor, Holds Taggart Standard Applies  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that the "no fair ground of doubt" standard established by the Supreme Court of the United States in Taggart v. Lorenzen, a case involving alleged violation of a Chapter 7 discharge order, governed civil contempt proceedings for violation of a confirmed reorganization plan under Chapter 11.

7th Cir. Finds Standing on FCRA Privacy Claim, Tosses Case for Lack of Willful Violation or Damages

Federal courts have recently dismissed a number of cases brought by consumers alleging violations of consumer protection law because they lack “standing.” The trend has been hastened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, a case involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

7th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Attempt to Appeal Remand Order and Related Fee Award

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of several actions by a borrower against a mortgagee, and in so ruling also held that it did not have jurisdiction to review the lower court’s remand order, and that the borrower had waived his right to challenge an award of attorney fees and costs in connection with the remand.

5th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Bankruptcy Claim Objection as Barred by Res Judicata

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently rejected a borrower’s objections to a bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction and held that the doctrine of res judicata barred the borrower’s claim objection as it was ultimately based on the alleged impropriety of the creditor’s claim from a prior bankruptcy.

8th Cir. BAP Reverses Chapter 12 Plan Confirmation for Lack of Evidentiary Hearing on Disputed Collateral Values

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit vacated the bankruptcy court's order confirming a farm debtor's chapter 12 plan, concluding that the bankruptcy court erred by failing to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine the value of a bank's collateral where the collateral was disputed. The Panel also concluded that the bank needed to file a proof of claim.

9th Cir. Holds Mortgagee May Challenge HOA Foreclosure Sale That Violates Bankruptcy Automatic Stay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the buyer at a homeowners association’s non-judicial foreclosure sale that was conducted in violation of the automatic stay in the borrower's bankruptcy, and against a mortgagee whose interest in the foreclosed property would have been extinguished. 

Consumer Bankruptcy in the Age of COVID-19

The last year and a half was a time to be remembered in bankruptcy law. It started with an eye on increasing the ability of small businesses to utilize the Chapter 11 process in a more efficient and less expensive way, which led to a record number of commercial filings, a reduction in consumer filings, and a test of the bankruptcy system. What will the second half of 2021 look like?