California

DIP Counsel’s Right to Compensation Ends Immediately on a Trustee’s Appointment

Appealing an order appointing a chapter 11 trustee does not entitle the DIP’s counsel to compensation pending appeal, Judge Klein says.

A Mistake in the CARES Act on Eligibility for the SBRA Was Fixed by Congress in June

After a technical correction by Congress, now only affiliates of reporting companies are excluded from Subchapter V of chapter 11.

A Hotel Without Income Is ‘Single Asset Real Estate,’ District Judge Says

An operating hotel may not be single asset real estate, but an uncompleted hotel with no income is single asset real estate, according to a Los Angeles district judge.

Rule 9011 Sanctions Imposed for Filing Decedent’s Estate to Halt Foreclosure

Judge Christopher Klein lays out the requisites for imposing sanctions under Rule 9011 for frivolous filings.

Section 328(c) and Rule 2014(a) Both Permit Denial of All Compensation

Undisclosed representation of the debtor’s principal resulted in denial of all compensation sought by counsel for the corporate debtor.

A Client Can Be Liable for Sanctions from the Lawyer’s Violation of Rule 9011

Judge Klein let a lawyer off the hook for violating Rule 9011 because the lawyer had already been punished enough.

California Judge Splits with his BAP; Subpoenas Require Court Approval Under Barton

Someone seeking to issue a subpoena to a trustee is the proper party to seek leave under the Barton doctrine, Judge Clarkson says.

The Two-Year Complaint Deadline Can’t Be Extended Without Notice to Defendants

Equitable tolling can extend the two-year deadline for filing complaints, but the deadline can’t be extended without notice to the defendants, even if they are unknown or unknowable.

Counsel Can’t Disclaim Responsibilities Imposed by the Code and Rules, Judge Says

Judge Clarkson laid down guidelines for a lawyer who copies pleadings written by another lawyer in a different case.

Denial of a Motion to Convert from ‘11’ to ‘7’ Is Not Final and Thus Not Appealable

Until now, there has been surprisingly little precedent directly on point to say that denial of a motion for conversion from chapter 11 to chapter 7 is not a final order subject to appeal

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