6th Circuit

Discharge Isn’t an Automatic Bar to Conversion from ‘7’ to ‘13’

A district court opinion from Michigan raises the question of whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Marrama is still good law after Law v. Siegel.

Bankruptcy Judge Refuses to Enforce an Arbitration Agreement

An exculpation clause in a chapter 11 plan protected the owner’s counsel from a malpractice suit.

Debtors May Avoid Judicial Liens Under Section 522(f) Securing Nondischargeable Debts

Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik declined to follow cases decided before Congress amended Section 522(f) to preclude avoiding judicial liens securing domestic support obligations.

Personal Injury Settlement Was Not ‘Income’ Payable to Creditors in Chapter 13

Memphis Bankruptcy Judge Denise Barnett reads the BAPCPA amendments as excluding personal injury settlements from the calculation of ‘projected disposable income.’

Rising Home Values and Chapter 13: A Deepening Split

When, post-confirmation, a chapter 13 debtor sells his or her home, who gets the benefit of the appreciation: the debtor, or his or her creditors? Judge Randon in Michigan adopted the so-called “estate replenishment approach” and held that sale proceeds derived from post-confirmation appreciation of a home belong to the debtor.

Sixth Circuit Holds that Constitution Requires Hearing Within Two Weeks of Vehicle Seizure

In addressing Michigan county’s car-seizure and forfeiture practices, Sixth Circuit sets a clear benchmark for debtors.

Three Circuits Agree: The ACA’s ‘Penalty’ Is Actually a Tax Entitled to Priority

Looking beyond the label assigned by the Affordable Care Act, three circuits have now held that failure to pay the ‘individual mandate’ for purchasing health insurance gave rise to a tax entitled to priority in bankruptcy.

Sixth Circuit Staunches the Spread of Equitable Mootness to Chapter 7

Two judges on the Sixth Circuit cast doubt on the validity of the doctrine of equitable mootness, even in chapter 11 reorganizations.

The Refund of an Early Withdrawal Penalty from an IRA Was Held Exempt

Although not held in an IRA, a refund by the IRS of a withdrawal penalty was exempt because state law permits tracing proceeds of exemptions, Judge Opperman says.

As if by Magic, Section 1412 Transforms an Improper Venue into a Proper Venue

A judge sitting in a proper venue may transfer venue to a district that was improper originally.