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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.

Supreme Court Rules that ‘Unreservedly’ Denying a Lift-Stay Motion Is Appealable

Building on Bullard, the Supreme Court rules unanimously that a lift-stay motion is a “procedural unit” that’s appealable if the bankruptcy court “conclusively” denies the motion.
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Holding a Contempt Hearing May Be Ok, but the Remedy Might Violate Automatic Stay

A contempt hearing fell under the ‘criminal’ exception to the automatic stay, but jailing a debtor to coerce payment of a prepetition debt violated the stay, Judge Grossman ruled.

Third Circuit Issues an Important Decision on Liquidation of Repo ‘Credit Enhancements’

Appeals court upholds finding that the mortgage securities market in 2007 was declining, not dysfunctional.
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Treasury Offset Program Can’t Be Used After Bankruptcy, District Judge Says

Now on the district court bench, then-Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk was upheld in a tricky case involving the government’s right of setoff.

Supreme Court Grants ‘Cert’ to Decide Whether Inaction Violates the Automatic Stay

Virginia case highlights the damage that will be done to debtor protections if affirmative action is required for a stay violation.

Sixth Circuit Gives Primacy to the Bankruptcy Court in Rejecting Power Contracts

Over a dissent, the Sixth Circuit holds that FERC may offer its opinion but may not bar a bankruptcy court from rejecting a power purchase agreement after considering the public interest.
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Fifth Circuit Creates a Circuit Split on Stay Termination for Repeat Filers

Disagreeing with a decision by the First Circuit last December, the Fifth Circuit rules that the ‘plain language’ in Section 362(c)(3)(A) does not terminate the automatic stay as to estate property 30 days after the second filing within one year.
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