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New York Judge Rails Against the Use of ‘Appearance Counsel’

Multiple ethical violations may occur with the use of so-called appearance counsel in consumer bankruptcies.

Ninth Circuit Requires Explicit Objection to Avoid Forfeiting an Appeal

Ethical issues abound when a committee counsel’s own financial interest conflicts with its client’s interests.
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U.S. Trustee Criticized for Dumping the ‘Jay Alix Protocol’

New York bankruptcy judge approves retention of a crisis manger under Section 363(b) who might be disqualified under Section 327(a).

Courts Split on Paying Chapter 13 Debtor’s Counsel if Conversion Precedes Confirmation

Arizona judge declines to expand Harris v. Viegelahn to cases when conversion precedes confirmation.
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Ninth Circuit Finds a Loophole to Reduce a Pre-Bankruptcy Fee Award

Prepetition judgments for attorneys’ fees are not sacrosanct in bankruptcy.
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