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It arguably goes without saying that when entering into a stipulation or any settlement in a bankruptcy proceeding that purports to resolve the entire amount and treatment of a claim, the terms of such agreement must fully and clearly reflect the intent of the parties. This is particularly true in connection with nondischargeable priority tax claims, as demonstrated in a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision. See, Minor v. United States (In re Minor), No. 21-55360 (9th Cir. Apr. 18, 2022). In Minor, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower courts’ rulings that a stipulation between the IRS and a bankruptcy trustee, which allowed the IRS’s priority tax claim, did not prevent the IRS from collecting nondischargeable tax debt above the agreed amount in that stipulation.
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By Theresa A. Driscoll
The Supreme Court concluded that because the 2017 amendments exempted debtors located in two States, it was not “uniform” as it did not apply equally to all debtors regardless of where they were situated and, therefore, the statute was unconstitutional.
By Paul A. Rubin and Hanh V. Huynh
Given the potentially harsh consequence of failing to timely assume a vital lease, a Chapter 11 debtor must be vigilant to avoid a forfeiture. It is important to know, however, that all might not be lost even if the debtor misses this deadline.
By Michael L. Cook
The defendant “was a ‘mere conduit’ of [a] fraudulent transfer and cannot be liable to the bankruptcy estate for funds she never knew about,” held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in In re BICOM N.Y., LLC.
By Igor Roitburg and Scott F. Waterman
While bankruptcy traditionally has been seen as a challenging pathway for debtors with student loans, court-based student loan management programs have been adopted to facilitate the repayment and resolution of student loan debt within the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.