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Unclaimed Oil and Gas Royalties Cannot Become Estate Property, Texas Judge Says

Confirmation order cannot turn someone else’s property into estate property.

Even ‘False’ Debts Are Discharged

Student loan lender’s argument was ‘preposterous,’ judge says.

No Statute of Limitations for Suing on a Trustee’s Surety Bond

Removing and discharging a trustee are not synonymous, Houston judge rules.

A Future Advance Clause Saved a Loan from Being Unperfected

Potential harm to the debtor is not a factor in deciding to avoid an unperfected lien.

ASARCO Read to Bar Fee-Defense Costs Even with a Fee-Shifting Agreement

Court shows antipathy to all theories seeking allowance of fees incurred in collecting fees.

Exempt Assets Aren’t Always Exempt in Chapter 13

Courts are split on including some exempt assets into the calculation of disposable income.

Cryptic Disclosure of Fee Sharing Is Inadequate, Judge Houser Holds

Terms of fee sharing must be disclosed in the retention application, not just in an exhibit.

Diligence by Itself Won’t Justify Invocation of Equitable Tolling

Houston judge doesn’t excuse delay in identifying John Doe defendants.

Lump-Sum Child Support Claim Disallowed when Debtor Was Current

‘Relationship test’ bolsters Texas judge in disallowing claim for child support.

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