Wet Seal, Inc. (“Wet Seal”) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the District of Delaware on Friday, January 16, 2014, known as docket # 15-10081. The company operates 173 stores in 42 states and Puerto Rico. Prior to filing, Wet Seal closed 338 around January 7, 2015. The question for Landlords and trade creditors… Continue Reading
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two appeals by Bank of America concerning an important and frequently recurring question of bankruptcy law: whether a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off”-that is, void-a junior mortgage lien on a debtor’s house when the debt owed to a senior lienholder exceeds the current value of the… Continue Reading
A recent Bankruptcy Court decision in New Jersey highlights two important issues for community associations: Record your Governing Documents and Timely file an objection to a Chapter 13 Plan if the Association is a creditor and objects to the treatment in the debtor’s Chapter 13 Plan.
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that an adversary complaint objecting to the discharge of a debt filed after the objection deadline would relate back to the filing date of a motion objecting to the discharge filed before the deadline.
A common problem among finance companies seeking to enforce a commercial finance lease against a defaulted debtor/lessee is that documents are not fully executed or are otherwise disorganized. Unfortunately, for large finance companies that have hundreds, or even thousands, of accounts, not all the “i’s” are always dotted, nor are all the “t’s” always crossed.
Equitable mootness is a doctrine that allows a court to avoid hearing the merits of a bankruptcy appeal because implementing the relief requested by the appellant would produce a perverse outcome to the bankruptcy plan and/or cause significant injury to third parties. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently revisited the application of the doctrine… Continue Reading
In the September edition of Mid-Jersey Business Magazine, Timothy Duggan, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights group, authored an article that outlined what businesses considering bankruptcy protection need to consider. Back From The Brink discusses the various types of bankruptcy filings available as well as how businesses experiencing financial difficulties can work… Continue Reading
Sometimes trying to untangle pre-petition collection efforts as a result of a bankruptcy filing can be tricky. In a recent case, the New Jersey District Court (In re Paul, Civil Case No. 12-cv-07855, Bank. Case No. 11-31653 on July 9, 2013), made those lines a little bit more clear.
The Southern District of New York just issued an interesting ruling in Rafael Lee v. Kucker & Bruh, LLP on August 2, 2013 when it considered a violation of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.
The very first thing an association should do is stop all collection efforts. This means no more notices to the debtor.