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8th Circuit

Confirmation Barred Claims Against a Coal Producer for Causing Global Warming

Global warming claims were discharged even though the chapter 11 plan did not discharge claims under environmental laws.
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Release of a Subordinate Lien Held to Be ‘New Value’ for a Preference Defense

Eighth Circuit BAP crafts a preference rule protecting lenders in out-of-court workouts.
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In the Minority, 8th Circuit BAP Disregards Equitable Considerations in Allowing Default Interest

As long as the rate is legal under state law, considerations of equity will not allow a court to disallow default interest to an oversecured creditor under Section 506(b).
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Eighth Circuit Applies Cap on Lease Claims to a Fraudulent Transfer Judgment

Appeals court had sympathy for the debtor by disallowing part but not all of a judgment for receipt of a fraudulent transfer with ‘actual intent.’
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Eighth Circuit Has No Per Se Rule Disallowing Exemptions for IRAs in Divorce

Eighth Circuit may have rejected blanket disallowance of exemptions for retirement accounts transferred in divorce.
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Law v. Segal Allowed a Fraudster to Retain $30,000

Eighth Circuit was compelled to overrule its own precedent that permitted the bankruptcy court to bar a debtor from amending schedules based on bad faith.
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Circuit Finds No Successor Liability from Buying Assets and Continuing the Business

Continuing the business after buying the assets from the lender at a foreclosure sale doesn’t bring successor liability.
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Eighth Circuit Upholds Backstopped Rights Offerings for Chapter 11 Plans

Appeals court laudably provides guidance for lower courts by ruling on the merits of a chapter 11 plan and not dismissing an appeal for being equitably moot.
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In the More Lenient Eighth Circuit, Debtors Knock Off $130,000 in Student Loans

Judge Collins discharges all but $23,900 among nine student loans totaling $154,000.

Equitable Factors Result in Disallowance of Default Interest on a Fully Secured Claim

Caselaw on disallowance of default interest is “murky,” Chief Judge Norton says.

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