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Sovereign Immunity Doesn’t Insulate States from Lien Stripping

For three independent reasons, Judge Taddonio rules that states are not immune from stripping down or stripping off tax liens.

Third-Party Releases Approved Without Awaiting the Outcome of Merit Management

Third-party releases would have been approved even if there were no ‘safe harbor’ defense.

Receivership May Not Preclude a Board’s Ability to File Bankruptcy

A receiver who is not ‘disinterested’ can justify putting a company in bankruptcy.

Criminal Restitutions Are Not Recoverable as Preferences, Judge Agresti Says

Restitution payment does not qualify for the new value preference defense.

A Proper Foreclosure Sale Can Never Be a Preference, Judge Holds

Despite gaining more than through chapter 7, purchasing at foreclosure is no preference.

Did Segal v. Rochelle Survive Butner and Adoption of the Bankruptcy Code?

Courts use four approaches to harmonize Butner with Segal v. Rochelle.