Florida

A Tax Refund from Withheld Social Security Benefits Does Not Lose the Exemption

With little authority one way or the other, lower courts are split on whether Social Security benefits lose their exemption if withheld and later paid as a tax refund.

Courts Split on Committee Intervention as of Right in Adversary Proceedings

The circuits are split on whether a creditors’ committee may intervene as of right in adversary proceedings under Section 1109(b).

Importance of the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Bartenwerfer Decision Seen in Florida Case

The decision by the Supreme Court next term in Bartenwerfer will tell us whether debts can be automatically nondischargeable, even when the debtor is without fault.

Eleventh Circuit Again Predicted to Split with the Second Circuit on Foreign Recognition

Florida district judge explains why a foreign debtor isn’t required to have a presence in the U.S. before the debtor’s foreign representatives can win recognition under chapter 15.

Disregarding Scheduling Orders Can Waive Jury Trials and Objections to Final Orders

Sometimes, demanding a jury trial in answering a complaint comes too late to withdraw the reference.

Opinion Shows the Fault in Barring Barton Protection When a Case Is Closed

The Eleventh Circuit has subjected its trustees to the risk of expensive litigation in a faraway court unfamiliar with what happened in the bankruptcy case.

Limits Placed on Rule 2004 Discovery After Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation

Although the bankruptcy court has subject matter jurisdiction after confirmation, the debtor cannot show ‘good cause’ for Rule 2004 discovery if it would confer an ‘unfair strategic advantage.’

Judge Isicoff Explains Why a Foreclosure Sale Can’t Be a Preference

The transfer of title in a real estate foreclosure is not a transfer on account of an antecedent debt and therefore can’t be a preference, at least in Florida.

Sometimes, a Judgment Lien from Foreclosure Can Be Avoided as Homestead Impairment

A deficiency judgment arising from foreclosure of another parcel of real estate can be avoided as an impairment of a debtor’s homestead exemption.

Eleventh Circuit Predicted to Split with the Second Circuit on Foreign Recognition

Judge Vaughan explains why a foreign debtor isn’t required to have a presence in the U.S. before the debtor’s foreign representatives can win recognition under chapter 15.

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