9th Circuit

Section 959(a) Isn’t an Exception to the Barton Doctrine, 9th Circuit BAP Says

Section 959(a) doesn’t permit suing a trustee for breach of fiduciary duty outside of bankruptcy court.

Ninth Circuit Won’t Give Pro Se Litigants Slack About Consent to Final Adjudication

Wellness International may have undercut prior Second Circuit authority giving pro se litigants a loophole for arguing there was no implied consent to final adjudication by an Article I judge.

Ninth Circuit Cited for Barring So-Called Critical Vendor Orders

A bankruptcy judge in Oregon was unable to follow renowned Bankruptcy Judges ‘Burt’ Lifland and ‘Mike’ Lynn, who granted critical vendor motions.

Ninth Circuit BAP Holds that Debts of Corporate Sub V Debtors Can’t Be Nondischargeable

Disputing the Fourth Circuit line by line and raising the possibility of a circuit split, the BAP and six bankruptcy courts have held that there’s no such thing as nondischargeability for corporate Sub V debtors.

No Sales Free and Clear of a Lien on a Nondebtor Co-owner’s Interest

Although a court may sell a nondebtor’s interest in jointly owned property, the Ninth Circuit BAP won’t permit selling free and clear of lien on the nondebtor’s interest in the property being sold.

Two Opinions on Disallowance of Compensation After Appointment of a Trustee

‘Conflict preemption’ bars retaliation by a professional whose fees are disputed.

An Alter Ego Suit Doesn’t Violate the Discharge Injunction, BAP Says

At least where nondebtor releases are prohibited, and if Delaware law controls, a suit against an alter ego doesn’t violate the discharge injunction, the Ninth Circuit BAP says.

Two Circuits Now Hold: ‘13’ Trustees Aren’t Paid if Cases Dismiss Before Confirmation

The Ninth and Tenth Circuit disallow fees to chapter 13 trustee if the case is dismissed before confirmation. The identical issue is sub judice in the Second Circuit.

Bartenwerfer Isn’t at Odds with Husky, According to Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Mann

A transferor’s fraudulent intent isn’t imputed to the transferee to make the transferee’s debt nondischargeable for ‘actual fraud.’

Do Debtors Get to Keep Post-Confirmation Windfalls in Chapter 13?

Chapter 13 scholar Keith Lundin believes that debtors retain inheritances acquired more than 180 days after filing.