Govt. Claims/Sovereign Immunity

Debtor’s Subchapter S Status Is Estate Property that an Owner Can’t Terminate

Bankruptcy Judge Russin declines to follow the Third Circuit and adopts the conclusion of bankruptcy courts holding that Sub S status is estate property.

Foreign Sovereign Immunity Bars the Madoff Trustee from Recovering $20 Million

A district judge in New York reversed the bankruptcy court, which had held that a Kuwaiti public pension fund was not entitled to sovereign immunity for having engaged in commercial activity.

An FTC Suit Under the Sherman and FTC Acts Wasn’t Subject to the Automatic Stay

The ‘police and regulatory’ exception to the automatic stay applies when the FTC is only seeking injunctive and equitable relief, the D.C. Circuit says.

Three Circuits Agree: The ACA’s ‘Penalty’ Is Actually a Tax Entitled to Priority

Looking beyond the label assigned by the Affordable Care Act, three circuits have now held that failure to pay the ‘individual mandate’ for purchasing health insurance gave rise to a tax entitled to priority in bankruptcy.
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Government Bar Date Applies to DOE Loans Even When the Servicer Is Private

As long as the student loan is owing to the government, the Fifth Circuit holds that the government bar date applies even when the servicer is a private company.
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