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Specific Personal Jurisdiction Exists over a Foreign Transferee in a Ponzi Scheme

Judge Lafferty lays out the standards for specific personal jurisdiction over a foreign defendant who received stolen property.

California District Judge Requires Property in the U.S. to File Chapter 15

A security retainer held by a foreign liquidator’s U.S. counsel satisfies the chapter 15 requirement of property in the U.S.

Even Without the One-Day-Late Rule, Tax Liability Still Wasn’t Discharged

A tax return late by three years wasn’t ‘honest and reasonable.’

Ninth Circuit to Rule on ‘Related To’ Removal of Securities Lawsuits

Ninth Circuit can split with the Second on bar to removal of suits under the ’33 Securities Act.

Diverting Assets after Confirmation Does Not Give Rise to ‘Core’ Claims

A ‘profound impact’ on an estate does not by itself result in a ‘core’ claim.

California Judge Adopts Minority View on Automatic Termination of the Stay

District judge follows Ninth Circuit BAP on stay termination for serial filers.

California’s Fee-Shifting Statute Still Does Not Apply to Lift-Stay Motions

District Court says Supreme Court did not impliedly overrule Ninth Circuit’s Johnson decision.

Courts Split on Stripping Down Residential Mortgages in Chapter 11

Ninth Circuit B.A.P. and Third Circuit duke it out over Section 1123(b)(5).

Failed Lawyer Discharges $264,000 in Student Loan Debt

Advanced degrees for once were no bar to discharging student loans.

California Judge Fixes Discharge Deadline for Late-Filing Tax Penalty

Bankruptcy mavens, take note: Late-filing fines for tax returns kick in Oct. 15.