11th Circuit

Rooker-Feldman Only Applies to Someone Who Was a Party in State Court

Rooker-Feldman is applied narrowly these days and isn’t a substitute for collateral estoppel.

Georgia Judge Approves a Chapter 11 Plan with Nonconsensual, Nondebtor Releases

Although the Supreme Court will soon rule on the permissibility of nonconsensual releases, Bankruptcy Judge Sigler approved a plan with nondebtor releases under existing Eleventh Circuit precedent.

Filing Bankruptcy After Renewing a Title Loan Again Found Not to Be Bad Faith

Title lenders continue losing battles to take cars away from debtors, but the lenders have yet to plead and prove their best cases.

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.

The Absolute Priority Rule Is Alive and Well in Individual Chapter 11 Cases

The BAPCPA amendments in 2005 did not abrogate the absolute priority rule for individuals in chapter 11, Bankruptcy Judge Russin says.

Eleventh Circuit Narrowly Reads a State Fee-Shifting Statute

The lawsuit was under federal law, not state law, even though Section 544(b)(1) incorporated state fraudulent transfer law.
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Assets Purchased with Exempt Social Security Benefits Are Not Themselves Exempt

Two judges in Georgia say that personal property is not exempt even if the purchase was traceable to Social Security benefits.

Recoveries on Postpetition Tort Recoveries Do (Do Not) Belong to Creditors in ‘13’

Rather than invoking the best interests and disposable income tests for plan confirmation, the Eleventh Circuit may have departed from the statute by ruling that the ‘ability to pay’ gives postpetition tort claims to creditors in chapter 13.

Three Circuits Now Require Refunds for Overpayment of U.S. Trustee Fees

The government has filed a petition for certiorari raising the question of whether refunds are the proper remedy following the Supreme Court’s Siegel decision finding that the 2018 increase in U.S. Trustee fees was unconstitutional.
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A Writ of Possession Doesn’t Terminate a Lease or Preclude Assumption

A landlord who terminates a lease isn’t entitled to a claim for future rent, at least in Florida, according to a district judge who affirmed Bankruptcy Judge Isicoff.

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