Real Estate Committee


Post date: Friday, April 03, 2015

In 2002, Hon. Robert E. Gerber of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York published In re Ames Dep’t Stores Inc.,[1] a case that has often been cited as being an innovative approach to addressing issues arising in debtor estates with numerous locations subject to unexpired real property leases.

Post date: Friday, April 03, 2015

In In re Bodensiek,[1] a chapter 7 case involving an abandoned Florida homestead, the bankruptcy court addressed the issue of whether a debtor can strip[2] a wholly unsecured claim on account of a second mortgage on abandoned homestead property.

Post date: Thursday, November 06, 2014

There are two types of foreclosure proceedings in the U.S.: judicial and nonjudicial. Both proceedings contain procedures for oversecured creditors to recover attorneys’ fees and costs from the proceeds of the collateral securing the indebtedness.

Post date: Friday, September 19, 2014
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Dale C. Schian

[1]When we last reported on In re Loop 76,[2] the case was on appeal with the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP). In a lengthy decision that one could argue expanded the bankruptcy court’s ruling on classification, the BAP has since affirmed the bankruptcy court’s decision permitting separate classification of unsecured deficiency claims.[3]

Post date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
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J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

In order to confirm a chapter 11 reorganization plan, a debtor must satisfy all of the provisions of § 1129(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, except for § 1129(a)(8), which requires that each class of creditors either (1) accept the proposed plan or (2) is unimpaired under the proposed plan. When a debtor fails to meet § 1129(a)(8), the debtor can “cram down” a dissenting unimpaired secured creditor pursuant to § 1129(b), but only if the plan is “fair and equitable” with respect to that creditor.


Post date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Two recent decisions have provided guidance concerning the scope of a lender’s right to collect “rents” generated by a debtor in possession, and the debtor’s corresponding ability to use those “rents” in furtherance of its restructuring efforts: In re Ocean Place Development LLC[1] and In re Soho 25 Retail LLC.

Post date: Monday, August 01, 2011
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Scott E. Schuster

Two sections of the Bankruptcy Code seemingly stand at odds regarding the protections offered to lessees of real property owned by a bankrupt debtor. Section 365(h) strongly protects a lessee’s right to possession of real property in the face of debtor’s rejection of the lease.

Post date: Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Although a wealth of case law has found pre-petition bans on bankruptcy filings to be unenforceable as a matter of public policy, a recent unpublished decision from the Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) upheld a pre-petition ban included as an amendment to an operating agreement. [1] The debtor, DB Capital Holdings LLC, was

Post date: Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A potential conflict among circuit courts regarding § 1129(b)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code may soon exist. In a recent decision, Hon.

Post date: Tuesday, February 01, 2011

To confirm a chapter 11 plan under the so-called "cramdown option," at least one impaired class of creditors must accept the proposed plan. [1] To accept a plan, more than one half (in number) of the voting claimants in a class, representing at least two-thirds of the total dollar amount of voting claims in such class, must vote to accep


Ms. Katharine B. Clark
Thompson Coburn LLP
Dallas, TX
(972) 629-7100

Ms. Erin A. West
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Madison, WI
(608) 284-2277

Mr. Greg Corbin
Membership Relations Director
Northgate Real Estate Group
New York, NY
(212) 419-8101

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