10th Circuit

Barton Didn’t Stop Creditors from Garnishing a Chapter 13 Trustee After Dismissal

The debtor’s bad faith chapter 13 filings convinced Judge Hall to allow garnishment of funds held by the trustee after dismissal.

Supreme Court Likely to Tackle 2018 U.S. Trustee Fee Increase

The circuits are now split 2/2 on whether the 2018 increase in U.S. Trustee fees violated the Bankruptcy Clause because the increase didn’t apply immediately in bankruptcy administrator districts.
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Split Heading to the Tenth Circuit on Sovereign Immunity for Section 544(b) Claims

The Tenth Circuit will likely take sides on a split between the Ninth and Seventh Circuits on Section 544(b) state-law claims brought by a trustee in the shoes of an actual creditor.
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Circuits Split on Allowing Debtors to Cure Chapter 13 Plan Defaults After Five Years

Tenth Circuit splits with the Third and Seventh Circuits on allowing a debtor to cure defaults after a five-year plan has ended.
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Chapter 13 Debtors Keep Windfalls with No Connection to Assets on the Filing Date

Taking sides with the minority on a split, bankruptcy judges in Kansas allow chapter 13 debtors to retain windfalls acquired after filing.

Utah Judge Engrafts Flexibility onto the Countryman Definition of Executory Contracts

Rooker-Feldman and other principles can bar rejection of a contract even if it’s ‘executory.’
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Courts Split on Whether Suits in Bankruptcy Court Can Violate the Automatic Stay

A minority of courts hold that a suit in bankruptcy court can violate the automatic stay if based on a claim that could have been brought before bankruptcy and did not arise under the Bankruptcy Code.

On Dismissal of a ‘13,’ Barton May (or May Not) Bar Garnishments

Section 1326(a)(2) by itself does not bar garnishment of funds held by a trustee on dismissal before confirmation.
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Corporations Are More Likely Eligible for the SBRA than Owners of Defunct Businesses

Utah’s Judge Thurman says that a corporation liquidating its remaining assets is engaged in business ‘activities’ and is therefore eligible for Subchapter V.
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Denver Judge Opens the SBRA Door Wide for People with Debt from Failed Companies

A fast-food worker can (conceivably) qualify as a small business debtor under Subchapter V, according to Bankruptcy Judge Thomas B. McNamara.

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