Virginia Eastern District

A Partial Ethical Wall Didn’t Give Rise to Disinterestedness, Judge Kenney Said

Expedience is no substitute for disinterestedness when it comes to retention of a chapter 11 debtor’s general counsel.

As Subsequent Transferees, Churches Must Cough Up Fraudulent Transfers

Judge Huennekens explained that a church’s immunity for receipt of a constructively fraudulent transfer only applies if the transferor was an individual and the transferor was the debtor.

RSAs Don’t Bar Indenture Trustees from Creditors’ Committee Membership

Bankruptcy Judge Brian Kenney ruled that an indenture trustee must be on a committee when the debt is ‘overwhelmingly’ held by bondholders.

Even Without Personal Liability, a Mortgage on a Debtor’s Property Is a ‘Claim’

The ‘broad’ definition of ‘claim’ by the Supreme Court in Johnson led Judge Huennekens to hold that in rem rights against a debtor’s property give rise to a ‘claim.’

All Future Liability on a Lease Counted for Subchapter V Eligibility

Future liability on a lease was counted as a liquidated, noncontingent debt in calculating whether the Subchapter V debtor had more than $7.5 million in debt.

Bartenwerfer Doesn’t Apply if the Debtor Isn’t a Partner or Agent, Bankruptcy Judge Says

Bankruptcy Judge Klinette H. Kindred declined to expand Bartenwerfer by imputing fraud or larceny when the debtor wasn’t a partner or agent.

‘13’ Debtors Need to Know Whether They Lose Appreciation When They Sell a Home

One of the biggest unanswered questions in chapter 13 sometimes forces debtors to keep homes they need to sell or strips away appreciation if they are forced to sell.

Losing a Motion to Reopen a Case Can Be a Victory for the Debtor (Sometimes)

An act of Congress that waived sovereign immunity for Marines at Camp Lejeune meant that personal injury tort claims did not arise when the injury was sustained.

Bankruptcy Courts Disagree on Paying U.S. Trustee Fees by Liquidating Trusts

Adroitly drafting a chapter 11 plan may avoid having a liquidating trust pay quarterly fees to the U.S. Trustee.

The Best Opinion Yet Ordering Refunds for Overpayment of U.S. Trustee Fees

All three courts to confront the question have now ordered the government to refund overpayments of U.S. Trustee fees.