Georgia

Lender Was Lucky to Recover Anything on an Unauthorized $5.2 Million Loan

The bankruptcy court was accorded wide discretion in deciding how to treat a $5.2 million loan that was neither disclosed to nor approved by the bankruptcy court.

Court Narrowly Construes Taggart to Find Contempt of the Discharge Injunction

Atlanta judge gave the benefit of the doubt to the debtor on a discharge violation, but limited damages to the recovery of attorneys’ fees.

Why Must Unsecured Creditors Always Get the Dregs in Bankruptcy?

Judge Bonapfel explains why injuries to unsecured creditors in bankruptcy are the result of choices made by Congress.

An ‘Affiliate’ of a Public Company Is Barred from Reorganizing Under Subchapter V

To measure eligibility for subchapter V, the debtor must not be an affiliate of a public company that has 20% or more of the ‘voting securities.’

Liquidating in Chapter 11 Won’t Stop an EEOC Suit for Employment Discrimination

Magistrate judge decided that the regulatory power exception to the automatic stay allows the EEOC to proceed, but he stayed the suit by the former employee seeking damages.

Two-Year Statute for Avoidance Actions Doesn’t Apply to Claim Objections

Even if the two-year statute of limitations for avoidance actions has run, the trustee can still strip away the lender’s secured status in a claim objection.

Split Continues on Loss of Chapter 13 Discharge for Missing Direct Mortgage Payments

Georgia judge focuses on ‘good faith’ to decide whether a chapter 13 debtor should lose a discharge after missing direct mortgage payments.

Standards for a Future Claimants’ Representative Are Those for a Guardian Ad Litem

Prior service as a future claimants’ representative was reason for a new appointment, not a disqualification, Judge Bonapfel says.

Tardy Recordation of a Mortgage Not Salvaged by Relation-Back Arguments

A mortgage recorded more than 30 days after closing resulted in a transfer within the preference window.

Courts Disagree on the Status of a Supersedeas Bond on the Filing of Bankruptcy

A supersedeas bond and a cash deposit are interchangeable in terms of the rights of a judgment creditor, Judge Sacca says.

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