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Since the passage of the Bankruptcy Act of 1898, and particularly since 1926, United States bankruptcy laws have contained a provision that would penalize debtors who use false pretenses or false financial documents to obtain credit. The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP v. Appling, 138 S. Ct. 1752, 201 L. Ed. 2d 102 (2018) (Lamar, Archer) has significantly constricted the range and nature of statements that will support a successful objection by a creditor to the discharge of a debt that was obtained by the statements in question. This constriction could have a very real impact on how entities that loan money or provide services on credit review and collect information regarding a borrower’s creditworthiness.
By Michael L. Cook
The Third Circuit recently took a “pragmatic approach” when affirming lower court orders denying a stay of bankruptcy settlement distributions pending appeal. After holding that the district court’s “stay denial order” was “final” for jurisdictional purposes, it also confirmed “the applicable standard of review” on motions for stays pending appeals.
By Theresa A. Driscoll
Voluntary Turnover or Face Contempt
Lessors who repossess property immediately prior to a lessee bankruptcy filing may be required to return such property or face sanctions by the bankruptcy court. Federal courts are currently split on the issue of whether the lessor must voluntary surrender property seized pre-petition or may hold such property until such time as the debtor seeks, and obtains, an order of turnover.
By Rudolph J. Di Massa Jr. and Drew S. McGehrin
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that a debt incurred as a result of a willful and malicious injury may nevertheless be dischargeable notwithstanding the provisions of 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(6).
By Daniel A. Lowenthal
A Tension Between §§363(f) and 365(h)
How do bankruptcy judges resolve the competing desires of buyers and tenants? Must buyers bid for property knowing that tenants might have the right to stay if their leases are rejected? Are tenants in jeopardy that they might have to move elsewhere to live or work?