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Richard Olson filed four Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petitions and Plans in a five year period- the last one on the eve of the foreclosure of his home. The assignee of his original mortgage lender Bank of America objected to confirmation of his latest Plan on the basis that it failed to comply with the confirmation...
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A customer tries to hold the manufacturer of a product liable for its distributor's failure based on the "special relationship" between the distributor and manufacturer, as well as the customer's status as an alleged intended beneficiary of the arrangement. The 7th Circuit was having none of it.
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In this case the value of unexpired commercial leases was put to the test. When a popular auto-repair/oil-change franchise went into Chapter 11, its unsecured creditors sought to recoup of the value of 2 unexpired leases it relinquished just before filing. The 7th Circuit analyzed the issue under 2 provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and...
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This case stems from the ill-fated Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Redevelopment project featured on our Blog before. When a Condominium Association sued the developers based on failure to reveal construction defects, the Courts weighed in on whether the claims were time-barred. Untimely, the Appellate and Supreme Court broke with the Trial Court and found that a question of...
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This case in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, resulted in a Summary Judgment finding despite the assertion by the Debtor-Defendant of his 5th Amendment Right to be free from self-incrimination. Specifically, this Adversary Case arose from the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filed by Arthur Friedman ("Debtor"). Creditor-Plaintiff, American Eagle Bank...
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In this Opinion the Illinois Supreme Court comes down on the side of common sense when it comes to lienable improvements under §1 of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act. After reversing the lower Courts however, the case was sent back down to the Circuit Court to determine whether the owner of the property “knowingly permitted”...
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In this opinion the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals sets the record straight about an alleged Output-Requirements Contract and settles a dispute based on the terms of a supplier agreement. At the conclusion of its analysis the Court determined that in effect nothing in the parties' contract satisfied the 3-prong test applicable to Output-Requirement Contracts,...
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The “good faith” defense articulated in 11 U.S.C. 550(b)(1) applies as long as the transferee: (1) is an immediate or mediate transferee under §550(a)(2); (2) took the transfers for value; (3) took the transfers “in good faith;” and (4) took the transfers “without knowledge of the voidability of the transfer avoided.”
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Standard was entitled to the benefits of TILA – including notice of the 3-day right to rescind the loan. As Trustee, the Court pointed out, Standard held legal and equitable title to the underlying real estate while the borrower-beneficiaries held a mere personal property interest in the Trust. Because Standard had not been informed of...
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The 7th Circuit found that the phrase “for cause” as used in the Bankruptcy Code embraces conduct that, even if not a violation of required procedures, avoids repayment of a debt without an adequate reason. In other words, the case was dismissed because the Schwartzes failed to pay as much of their indebtedness as they...
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