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Ninth Circuit Says Assumption Under Section 365(p) Doesn’t Also Require Reaffirmation

Lease assumption is binding even if the debtor doesn’t follow the procedural requirements of Section 365(p).
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Lower Courts Now Disagree on Modifying the Stay Retroactively After Acevedo

Did the Supreme Court’s Acevedo opinion preclude annulling the stay? The Ninth Circuit BAP says ‘no.’
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Disclosing a Lawsuit Only in the SOFA Won’t Result in Abandonment, BAP Says

Disclosing a lawsuit in the SOFA and discussing the suit with the trustee is no substitute for listing the suit among a debtor’s assets, the Ninth Circuit BAP says.
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The Ninth Circuit and the BAP Draw Opposite Conclusions from the Same Testimony

For the circuit court, scant evidence is enough to uphold the trial court’s findings of fact.
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Reversing the BAP, Ninth Circuit Allows Chapter 13 Plans with Estimated Durations

The Ninth Circuit allows chapter 13 debtors on their own to accelerate payments to creditors and secure their discharges more quickly without modifying their plans.
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Ninth Circuit Now Permits Nonconsensual, Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Plans

Aligning with the Third Circuit, the Ninth Circuit says that lower courts were reading its prior decisions too broadly.
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Ninth Circuit Criticizes the Supreme Court’s Kelly v. Robinson

Discovery sanctions are dischargeable under Section 523(a)(7), even when incorporated into a bar disciplinary suspension.
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Ninth Circuit Narrowly Reads Section 506(d) on Voiding Liens After Claim Disallowance

A claim must be disallowed based on the invalidity of the debt before the associated lien can be voided under Section 506(d), the Ninth Circuit ruled in upholding the BAP.
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Judge Christopher Klein Takes Sides on a Circuit Spilt Coming to the Supreme Court

Judge Klein’s opinion reads like an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to grant ‘cert’ and resolve a circuit split by taking sides with the majority on Section 362(c)(3)(A).

Split Ninth Circuit Permits Extending a Statutory Deadline After It Expires

Majority on Ninth Circuit panel believe that having previously extended a deadline allowed the invocation of “excusable neglect” to extend the deadline again after it expired.
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