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Bankruptcy professionals in the Eastern District of New York should be relieved by Judge Grossman’s recent decision holding that although nunc pro tunc orders approving a professional’s retention are now considered “inappropriate” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico v. Acevedo Feliciano, 140 S.Ct. 696 (2020), there is nothing in the Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Rules, or applicable case law preventing an award of compensation before a retention order is entered. In re Benitez, 19-70230 (REG), 2020 WL 1272258 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. Mar. 13, 2020). Note that estate professionals must at some point be retained, and as mentioned below, sooner rather than later remains best practice.
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By Michael L. Cook
This installment of our appellate practice series reviews recent cases addressing the equitable mootness doctrine. The issue ultimately often turns on whether it is practical and fair for an appellate court to review an appeal on the merits, enabling that court to avoid review altogether.
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