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Bankruptcy Litigation United States Supreme Court

Move Quickly: Supreme Court Holds that Bankruptcy Court’s Denial of Motion for Relief from the Automatic Stay Is a Final Appealable Order

In a recent, unanimous opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions holding that a bankruptcy court order denying a motion for relief from the automatic stay constitutes a final order that must be appealed within the time provided under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 8002.

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In a recent, unanimous opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, the United States Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions holding that a bankruptcy court order denying a motion for relief from the automatic stay constitutes a final order that must be appealed within the time provided under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 8002. Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, 598 U.S. ___ (2020). As a result, creditors and other parties in interest now must carefully assess, even more so than before, if and when to file in the bankruptcy court a motion for relief from the automatic stay given the finality and ensuing consequences of an adverse ruling.

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