Florida

Limits Placed on Rule 2004 Discovery After Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation

Although the bankruptcy court has subject matter jurisdiction after confirmation, the debtor cannot show ‘good cause’ for Rule 2004 discovery if it would confer an ‘unfair strategic advantage.’

Judge Isicoff Explains Why a Foreclosure Sale Can’t Be a Preference

The transfer of title in a real estate foreclosure is not a transfer on account of an antecedent debt and therefore can’t be a preference, at least in Florida.

Sometimes, a Judgment Lien from Foreclosure Can Be Avoided as Homestead Impairment

A deficiency judgment arising from foreclosure of another parcel of real estate can be avoided as an impairment of a debtor’s homestead exemption.

Eleventh Circuit Predicted to Split with the Second Circuit on Foreign Recognition

Judge Vaughan explains why a foreign debtor isn’t required to have a presence in the U.S. before the debtor’s foreign representatives can win recognition under chapter 15.

Gerrymandering to Create an Accepting Class Didn’t Pass Muster in Orlando, Fla.

Paying more to the sole creditor in the only accepting class unfairly discriminated against other unsecured creditors, Judge Jennemann said.

Claims Not Scheduled Before the Bar Date Aren’t Always Excepted from Discharge

Courts are split on whether a claim is discharged if it was scheduled after the bar date but in time to receive a distribution.

Subchapter V Trustee Removed for an Undisclosed Conflict of Interest

Although disqualified and removed for an undisclosed conflict, the trustee was not removed in all other cases.

Selling Assets of a Defunct Business Is a Legitimate Activity in ‘Sub V,’ Florida Judge Says

The oversight of a distribution by a chapter 7 trustee (and the attendant expense) isn’t required when a debtor liquidates the assets in Subchapter V of chapter 11.

Standards Laid Down for Bifurcated Fee Arrangement in the Southern District of Florida

Local or state bar groups should work up standard-form retainer agreements and disclosures to facilitate bifurcated fee arrangements.

Lack of Permanent Resident Status Doesn’t Always Defeat a Homestead Exemption

Having a family member in the home who made a formal request for legal residence will suffice to permit a Florida homestead exemption, Judge Jennemann said.

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