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The 7th Circuit points out that under Indiana law a buyer who has received non-conforming goods cannot sue the seller for negligent misrepresentation to avoid the Economic Loss Doctrine, which limits it to contract remedies for purely economic losses. There is no basis for transforming a breach of contract claim into a tort claim to...
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As stated by the Supreme Court: requiring Bankruptcy Attorneys to bear the costs of their fee-defense litigation under 330(a)(1) "creates no disincentive to bankruptcy practice." Hear that Bankruptcy lawyers? You're on your own.
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Foreclosure defense practice has become a veritable cottage industry over the past decade and it is common for Clients to expect their lawyer to do more than fight. They want to delay "by any means necessary." But the Courts still regard the law as a genteel profession. What Clients see as run of the mill...
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In this carefully written Opinion Judge Schmetterer evaluates the arguments in a Motion to Dismiss an Adversary Complaint based on fraudulent behavior. Beyond its examination of Bankruptcy Fraud, this Opinion is notable for its recitation of the ways this former Attorney conned his Client out of money.
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This Opinion from Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Judge Jack Schmetterer showcases the interplay of Federal and State law in a complex commercial scenario. It also displays the characteristic desire of Federal Courts to keep things clear and simple: which is unfortunately the opposite of how convoluted factual and legal situations play out in State...
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The Bankruptcy Court pries apart a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings brought by banks and servicers that claim to be entitled to collect mortgage payments from the Debtor while peering into the world of securitized mortgages - the process of bundling loans into trusts, slicing trusts into securities, and trading those securities on Wall...
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In the recent case of Beeman et. al. v. Borders Liquidating Trust et al. from the Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York decided on October 29, that Court examined what ought to happen when relief that could be granted, for practical reasons is not. This controversial policy, referred to as "Equitable Mootness"...
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So you're doing business as usual and notice that payments from your customer are getting later and later. Turns out that customer is struggling to navigate in the sputtering economy. Waiting for your money is bad enough; but what if you receive a demand to refund what you've been paid? And not because of anything...
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In LaSalle Bank N.A. vs. Cypress Creek 1, LP (Edon Construction et al.) the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on the issue of how to apportion proceeds from a foreclosure sale between the mortgagee bank and mechanics lien claimants when there weren't enough proceeds to pay both in full.
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What if a Debtor inherited an IRA? Would the inheritance be "exempt" as a retirement fund? In the 8th and 5th Circuit the answer appears to be yes; but in the 7th Circuit the answer is no. Read how In re Clark revealed a Circuit split that only the U.S. Supreme Court can resolve.
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