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Bankruptcy Court Still Has Power to Enter Final Judgments by Default after Wellness

Failure to respond to a well-pleaded complaint implies consent for the bankruptcy court to enter final judgment in an avoidance action, Judge Glenn rules.

A Chapter 11 Filing Can Extend an Inflexible Closing Date by 60 Days

Filing a chapter 11 petition to obtain an automatic 60-day extension of a closing date is not a bad faith filing, Judge Bernstein says.

Courts Interpret Brunner Too Harshly, Bankruptcy Judge Cecelia Morris Says

A debtor with a law degree but only $37,500 in gross annual income was permitted to discharge more than $220,000 in student loans.

Immediately Withdrawing the Reference Is ‘Absurd,’ District Judge Says

Defendants in lawsuits by Lehman Brothers are stuck in bankruptcy court until the cases are ready for a jury trial.

Losing Competitive Advantage Doesn’t Justify Redacting a Settlement Agreement

Judge Garrity in New York adopts a narrow view of ‘commercial information’ that may be redacted in a court filing.

New York Judge Refuses to Waive Collateralization for Debtors’ Bank Accounts

In a large ‘prepack,’ the debtor was required to spend $80,000 a month for its depository bank to obtain a bond required by Section 345(b).

Rule 2004 Discovery Barred for Use in Litigation Outside Bankruptcy Court

Judge Sean Lane publishes an opinion to nip an improper discovery tactic in the bud.

Religious Contributions Not Considered in Dischargeability of Student Loans

First Amendment doesn’t compel deduction of religious contributions in finding an ‘undue hardship’ justifying the discharge of student loans.

Delay in Appointment of a Foreign Representative Isn’t Fatal to Chapter 15 Recognition

Allegedly repudiating U.S. dollar obligations won’t preclude a finding of property in the U.S., Judge Lane rules.

Freezing a Chapter 7 Debtor’s Bank Account Doesn’t Violate the Automatic Stay

SDNY opinion seems to mean that a bank may freeze a debtor’s entire bank account at filing, without violating the automatic stay.

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