32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Seminar Materials

Publication Date: September 2017
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Pages: 408

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Topics Covered:

  • Recent Developments for Advanced Bankruptcy Practitioners
  • Ethical Problems for Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Individual Chapter 11 Cases
  • Commercial Breakout: Chapter 11 Panel
  • Consumer Breakout: Chapter 7/13 Panel
  • Deceased Debtors
  • Incapacitated Debtors
  • Income-Driven Repayment Plans in Chapter 13
  • Issues Related to the Filing of Proofs of Claim
  • Governmental Claims and Right to Setoff
  • Hot Topics
  • Ethics: Getting Paid in Large, Small and Converted Cases
  • A Primer on Bankruptcy Appeals: Basics and Best Practices
  • Judges' Panel on Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Issues

This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a September 2017 seminar, the region’s premier advanced bankruptcy law program.

 

Table of Contents

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS FOR ADVANCED BANKRUPTCY PRACTITIONERS
Kelly M. Barnhart
H. David Cox


Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Recent Fourth Circuit Decisions

Recent District Court Decisions

Recent Bankruptcy Court Decisions

ETHICAL PROBLEMS FOR BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS
Hon. Frank J. Santoro
Richard C. Maxwell
James M. McCauley


INDIVIDUAL CHAPTER 11 CASES
Hon. Brian F. Kenney
Karen M. Crowley
Hannah W. Hutman


I. Comparison of Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 for Individuals

II. The Absolute Priority Rule
        A. An Overview - Maharaj
        B. The New Value Exception
    
III. Section 1129(a)(15) (5 Years of Disposable Income Requirement)

IV. Post-Confirmation and Conversion Issues in Individual Chapter 11
Cases
        A. A Discharge in Individual Chapter 11 Cases
        B. Conversion in Individual Chapter 11 Cases
    
V. Hypotheticals

COMMERCIAL BREAKOUT: CHAPTER 11 PANEL
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens
Tyler P. Brown
Douglas M. Foley
Stanley J. Samorajczyk
Lynn L. Tavenner


CONSUMER BREAKOUT: CHAPTER 7/13 PANEL
Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly
Carl M. Bates
Edward C. Boltz
Malissa L. Giles


Deceased Debtors
Malissa L. Giles

I. Filing Bankruptcy for a Deceased Individual

II. Impact of Debtor Passing Away Prior to Discharge
        A. The Rule
        B. Appearance at 341
        C. Feasibility of Case
        D. Impact Upon Death on Liquidation/Exemptions
        E. Administration of Chapter 7 Case
        F. Duty to Disclose Death
        G. Hardship Discharge
        H. Conversion
        I. Re-Opening Case
        J. Final Requirement in Case

Incapacitated Debtors

Carl M. Bates

I. What Issues Arise When the Debtor is Incapacitated at the Date of Filing
Or Becomes Incapacitated After the Date of Filing
        A. The Debtor, As in Incompetent Person, Is Not Barred from Seeking
        Relief in Bankruptcy
    
Income Driven Repayment Plans in Chapter 13
Ed Boltz

Issues Related to the Filing of Proofs of Claim
Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly

I. Proofs of Claims and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
        A. Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 137 S. Ct. 1407 (2017)
        B. Henson V. Santander Consumer USA Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1718 (2017)
        C. Covert v. LVNV Funding, LCC, 779 F.3d 242 (4th Cir. 2015)
        D. Are Actions Under the FDCPA Based on the Filing of a Proof of
        Claim Property of the Estate in Chapter 13
        E. Are Actions Under the FDCPA Based on the Filing of a Proof of
        Claim Property of the Estate in Cases Converted to Chapter 7
        F. Is the Filing of an Incorrect Proof of Claim a Violation of the
        FDCPA
    
II. Proofs of Claims and Confirmation
        A. LVNV Funding, LLC v. Harling, 852 F.3d 367 (4th Cir. 2017)
    
III. Awarding Attorney’s Fees as a Sanction for Filing Insufficient Proofs
of Claim

Governmental Claims and Right to Setoff
Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly

I. Setoff and Governmental Claims
        A. Setoff Outside of Bankruptcy Proceedings
        B. Setoff and the Automatic Stay
        C. Setoff and Exemptions
        D. Setoff and Sovereign Immunity
    
HOT TOPICS
Hon. Frank J. Santoro
Hon. Keith L. Phillips
Peter J. Barrett
Roy M. Terry


Changes in Chapter 13

“Gifting” and Structured Dismissal in Chapter 11

Disclosures by Professionals in Chapter 11

Safe Harbor

Consumer Litigation in Chapter 13

Chapter 7 - Disclosures to Trustees

New Rules
        Exhibit A: W.D. Va. Plan
        Exhibit B: Draft E.D. Va. Plan
        Exhibit C: in re Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
        Exhibit D: Order to Debtor
        Exhibit E: Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy
        Procedure
    
ETHICS: GETTING PAID IN LARGE, SMALL AND CONVERTED CASES
Hon. Keith L. Phillips
Joseph A. Guzinski
Christopher A. Jones


Introduction

Part I - Know the Rules of the Road
        A. Rules of Professional Conduct
        B. Applicable Bankruptcy Code Sections and Bankruptcy Rules
    
Part II - Hypothetical Fact Patterns
        Hypothetical Number 1
        Hypothetical Number 2
        Hypothetical Number 3
        Hypothetical Number 1 (Analysis)
        Hypothetical Number 2 (Analysis)
        Hypothetical Number 3 (Analysis)

Appendix

I. Applicable Ethics Rules
        A. District of Columbia
        B. Maryland
        C. Virginia
    
II. Applicable Bankruptcy Code Sections and Bankruptcy Rules
        A. Bankruptcy Code Sections
        B. Bankruptcy Rules
        C. Applicable Local Rules and Forms

A PRIMER ON BANKRUPTCY APPEALS: BASICS AND BEST PRACTICES
Hon. Albert Diaz
Hon. Glen C. Conrad
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens
Hon. Paul M. Black


I. Appeal to District Court

II. Appeal to Court of Appeals

III. Standards of Review

IV. Final Order vs. Interlocutory Order
        A. Final Orders
        B. Interlocutory Orders
    
V. Methods and Timing of Appeals
        A. Time for Filing Notice of Appeal
        B. Appeal as of Right
        C. Appeal by Leave
        D. Certifying Direct Appeal to the Court of Appeals
        E. Stay Pending Appeal
        F. Fees for Appeal
        G. In Forma Pauperis Appeals

VI. Equitable Mootness

VII. Indicative Rulings

VIII. Jurisdiction of Lower Court Pending Appeal

IX. Record on Appeal

X. Filing and Service

XI. Other Motions; Intervention

XII. Content of Briefs
        A. Appellant’s Brief
        B. Appellee’s Brief
        C. Reply Brief
        D. Failure to File Briefs on Time

XIII. Form and Length of Briefs

XIV. Rule 8017: Amicus Curiae Brief

XV. Rule 8018: Filing Briefs and Appendix

XVI. Rule 8019: Oral Argument

XVII. Rule 8020: Frivolous Appeal or Other Misconduct

XVIII. Rule 8021: Costs

XIX. Rule 8022: Motion for Rehearing

XX. Rule 8023: Voluntary Dismissal

XXI. Rule 8025: Stay of a District Court Judgment

JUDGES’ PANEL ON CHAPTER 7, 11, AND 13 ISSUES
Hon. Paul M. Black
Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens
Hon. Brian F. Kenney
Hon. Keith L. Phillips
Hon. Frank J. Santoro
Roy M. Terry

Authors

Kelly M. Barnhart

H. David Cox

Hon. Frank J. Santoro

Richard C. Maxwell

James M. McCauley

Hon. Brian F. Kenney

Karen M. Crowley

Hannah W. Hutman

Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

Tyler P. Brown

Douglas M. Foley

Stanley J. Samorajczyk

Lynn L. Tavenner

Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly

Carl M. Bates

Edward C. Boltz

Malissa L. Giles

Hon. Keith L. Phillips

Peter J. Barrett

Roy M. Terry

Joseph A. Guzinski

Christopher A. Jones

Hon. Albert Diaz

Hon. Glen C. Conrad

Hon. Paul M. Black

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