11th Circuit

Judge Homer Drake Insulates Social Security Income from Chapter 13 Payment Calculation

One Georgia judge disagrees with another over a chapter 13 confirmation objection.

Bank Zapped $1.3 Million for an Erroneous Estoppel Letter that Blocked a Sale

Lender assessed the costs of chapter 11 for causing an unnecessary bankruptcy.

Foolishly Accumulating Student Loans Does Not Factor into Dischargeability, Circuit Holds

ABI President Eugene Wedoff wins a pro bono victory in the Eleventh Circuit.

Split Grows on Unanticipated Circumstances to Modify a Chapter 13 Plan

Georgia judge follows the majority by more liberally allowing a chapter 13 plan modification.

Equitable Mootness Doesn’t Deprive Appellate Court of Jurisdiction

Impossibility of upsetting a confirmed plan doesn’t result in constitutional mootness, only equitable mootness.

Foreign Representatives May Bring Avoidance Suits Under State or Foreign Law

Prohibition on avoidance actions in chapter 15 only bars suits under Bankruptcy Code powers.

Federal Judgment Rate Is Employed when Claims Are Paid in Full

Courts remain divided on what ‘legal rate’ means in Section 726(a)(5).

Bar Date Not Extended Three Days for Service by Mail

As bar dates are fixed by the meeting of creditors, not by date of mailing, Rule 9006(f) isn’t applicable.

Secured Creditors Need Not File Claims in Federal Receiverships, Circuit Holds

Opinion overlooks administrative problems when secured creditors don’t file claims.

Circuits Now Split on Dischargeability for Third Party’s Violation of Securities Laws

Eleventh Circuit panel divided on reaching alternative holding under Section 523(a)(19).