When disbursement depends on subsequent court approval, the transfer still occurs beforehand when the deposit was made in custodia legis.
An adverse inference sanction for spoliation of evidence is reviewed for abuse of discretion by the district court after withdrawal of the reference.
Local rules require lawyers to prepare and fill all required chapter 7 papers regardless of whether the debtor pays the fee or agrees to pay the fee.
Circuits are split 2/1 on whether a debtor must have committed a securities law violation before a judgment is made nondischargeable under Section 523(a)(19).
Federal law allows tribes to determine whether a tribe member’s interest in distributions of gaming revenue will be estate property in bankruptcy, Judge Ridgway says.
Courts are split on the status of inherited claims as estate property.
Judge issues a tongue-lashing for a three-year reorganization that rewards lawyers but pays nothing so far to sexual abuse claimants.
Criminal forfeiture and bankruptcy protect different interests, district judge says.
Substantive consolidation and involuntary bankruptcy are equivalent, district judge holds.
Pleading hierarchical control is insufficient for substantive consolidation.