Bankruptcy Adversaries

Terminating Sanctions for Document Fabrication in Federal Court

Terminating Sanctions for Document Fabrication in Federal Court

Federal courts have repeatedly found that terminating sanctions are appropriate when a party commits the cardinal sin of litigation since “fabricating evidence has been referred to as the most egregious misconduct which justifies a finding of fraud upon the Court.” Kenno v. Colorado’s Governor’s Off. of Info. Tech., 2021 WL 2682619, at *19 (D. Colo. June … Read More

11 USC 522(o) - Homestead Exemption Limitations in Bankruptcy

11 USC 522(o) – Homestead Exemption Limitations in Bankruptcy

In bankruptcy, creditors can allege that debtors should lose the part of their homestead exemption that is allegedly “attributable to” an “intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a creditor” under 11 U.S.C. § 522(o). This is particularly important given the recent increase in California’s homestead exemption effective January 1, 2021, which is now as high … Read More

Bankruptcy Trustee Objection to Hiring Counsel Talkov Law

Bankruptcy Trustee Application to Employ Counsel Must Show Benefit the Estate [11 USC 327(a)]

Objections to a Bankruptcy Trustee Hiring a Lawyer There is a common myth that an objection to a bankruptcy trustee’s application to employ an attorney (counsel) is only proper if the attorney is not “disinterested,” a concept similar to being conflicted out of the case. In other words, many believe that not having an interest … Read More

Contract Attorneys Fees Bankruptcy Litigation California Code Civil Procedure 1021

Motion for Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings Under Contract [California CCP 1021]

While the general rule in American courts is that each party pays their own attorney’s fees, parties in bankruptcy adversaries and contested matters in California may be entitled to file a motion for attorney’s fees if a contract provides for such a recovery under California Code of Civil Procedure 1021. This pertains to prevailing parties … Read More

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