Colorado

Denial of Receipt by Itself Won’t Defeat the ‘Mailbox Presumption,’ District Judge Says

Special counsel unfamiliar with bankruptcy procedures weren’t excused from the requirement to file a final fee application by the deadline.

Judge Brown Finds a Loophole Where Debtors Get Discharges Despite Nondisclosure

Had Congress considered the facts that were before Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Brown, it surely would have written the statute differently, this writer believes.

UCC’s ‘Predominant Purpose’ Text Isn’t Used to Decide Priority Status Under § 503(b)(9)

A hybrid contract covering both goods and services is accorded priority status under Section 503(b)(9) only for the value of the goods, even if the contract primarily involved the sale of goods.

On a Split, District Judge Doesn’t Pay ‘13’ Trustee if Dismissal Precedes Confirmation

District judge in Colorado sides with the majority and doesn’t allow a chapter 13 trustee to be paid if dismissal occurs before plan confirmation.

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.

Personal Injury Settlement Not Included in Calculating Projected Disposable Income

Judge McNamara of Denver allowed chapter 13 debtors to keep all of a $46,500 personal injury settlement received before filing.

‘Fair Ground of Doubt’ Under Taggart Isn’t Shown by Intending to Overturn Precedent

The contemnor shoulders the burden of showing ‘uncertainty’ under the Taggart standard for contempt, Judge Barnes says.

Courts Remain Split on Allowing Credit Counseling on the Same Day but After Filing

Another judge follows statutory language that didn’t achieve the result Congress probably intended.

Judge Romero Explains Why Lenders Can’t Claw Back Retainers Paid by Debtors

The UCC protects retainers in the hands of lawyers from secured lenders bent on glomming their collateral.

An Exempt Asset Effectively Loses Its Exemption in Chapter 13

Lower courts are split on whether an exempt asset is included in the calculation of “projected disposable income” in chapter 13.

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