11th Circuit

Another Court Holds that Debts of Corporate Sub V Debtors Can’t Be Nondischargeable

Contrary to the Fourth Circuit, five bankruptcy courts have now held there’s no such thing as nondischargeability for corporate Sub V debtors. The question is now before the Fifth Circuit.

Notification of Bankruptcy Requires Lifting Garnishment of Post-Petition Income

Although the automatic stay does not require turning over property garnished before bankruptcy, a creditor may not continue garnishing property after filing, Judge Burgess says.

Renewing a Title Loan Just Before Chapter 13 Didn’t Make the Filing in Bad Faith

Ruling the other way would have barred chapter 13 filings after renewing title loans.

Eleventh Circuit Explains an Interlocutory Order Can Become ‘Final’ for an Appeal

Federal Rule 41(a)(1)(A) only permits voluntary dismissal of an entire action, not individual claims, the Eleventh Circuit says.

Sub V Plan Can Require Automatic Increases Based on Actual Disposable Income

A district judge in Florida upheld a Subchapter V plan that required automatic increases in payments to unsecured creditors based on actual disposable income.

Are Chapter 13 Creditors Entitled to Proceeds from a Post-Confirmation Tort Claim?

The Code and the Rules are unclear about a chapter 13 debtor’s obligation to disclose assets acquired post-petition that were not derived from income.

Dubious Eleventh Circuit Opinion Permits Collateral Attack on Final Confirmation Order

Although the chapter 13 confirmation order was concededly final and enforceable, the appeals court set aside a plan provision modifying a residential mortgage.

Adverse Plan Amendment Requires a Disclosure Statement and More Voting, Circuit Says

The Eleventh Circuit stated the obvious: A class that gets something under a chapter 11 plan is entitled to a disclosure statement and to vote again if an amendment takes it away, even if the class was entitled to nothing in the first place.

It Wasn’t a Good Idea for 3M Corp. to Call Its Multidistrict Litigation a ‘Failure’

District judge remonstrates a solvent parent company for seeking the protections of bankruptcy without filing chapter 11 itself.

An Order Allowing a Priority Claim Must Be Appealed Immediately, Circuit Says

An appeal from an order ruling on allowance of a priority claim must be taken immediately, not on confirmation of a chapter 11 plan.