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Cramdown Must Not Put the Secured Creditor at Risk, Ninth Circuit BAP Says

Permanently reducing the claim by the appraised value without a backstop means the creditor isn’t receiving the ‘indubitable equivalent,’ BAP says.
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Mortgage Servicer Hit with $300,000 in Actual and Punitive Damages for Stay Violation

The creditor was guilty of an automatic stay violation, but Taggart insulated the creditor from liability for a discharge violation for continuation of the same conduct.
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Ninth Circuit Equivocates on ‘Collection Injunctions’ in Individual Chapter 11s

Dissenter in the Ninth Circuit says that utilizing provisions in the Bankruptcy Code is not bad faith barring confirmation.
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HAVEN Act May Be Employed to Reduce Payments Under a Confirmed Chapter 13 Plan

Judge Shefferly writes a complicated opinion on the retroactivity of the HAVEN Act to cases filed prior to enactment.

To Avoid U.S. Trustee Fees, Court Liberally Allows Closing a Case After Confirmation

Pending adversary proceedings don’t preclude a finding that the chapter 11 case has been ‘fully administered,’ thus allowing entry of a final decree and cutting off further fees owing to the U.S. Trustee Program.

Must a Debtor Be Destitute Before Discharging Student Loans?

Unemployed for 16 months, surviving on food stamps, and living rent-free enabled a debtor to discharge student loans.

Fifth Circuit Opinion Shows How Not to Represent a Creditor at Confirmation

Sovereign immunity won’t prevent the bankruptcy court from extinguishing a state’s easement over a debtor’s property.
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