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Virginia Eastern District

One Owner May Strip a Lien Off Property Owned JTWROS, Judge Huennekens Says

Courts disagree on lien stripping by one owner of entireties property and jointly owned property.

Another Appellate Court Bars Arbitration of ‘Core’ Claims

State attorney general was allowed to intervene in a class suit alleging that a lender violated usury laws.

One Preference Won’t Prevent Another from Being a Preference

A joint check agreement signed in the preference window is a preference, two Virginia judges say.

Exemption Claim Overrides the Government’s Right of Setoff, District Judge Says

Courts are divided when an exemption claim collides with the government’s right of setoff.

Courts Shifting to Say Corporate ‘S’ Status Is Not Property

Virginia judge sides with Third Circuit to hold that ‘S’ status is not a corporate debtor’s property.

Section 106 Waivers of Sovereign Immunity May Be Unconstitutional Sometimes

Patriot Coal decision analyzes Supreme Court authorities on sovereign immunity.

Exhausting Administrative Remedies Is No Prerequisite to Bankruptcy Jurisdiction

Exhaustion of state and federal administrative remedies are not the same, judge says.