Supreme Court Accepts Cert in Wellness Int’l Net-Work, Ltd v. Sharif

By M. Jonathan Hayes, Certified Bankruptcy Specialist (Northridge, CA)

The Wellness case will likely be known, at least informally, as Bellingham II as it deals with the issue of consent of parties where the Bankruptcy Court has no proper authority to issue a final judgment. Oral argument will likely be in December this year.

Wellness Int'l Net-Work, Ltd v. Sharif, 727 F. 3d 751 (7th Cir. 2013)

Issue: 1. Does bankruptcy court have the statutory power, under § 157, to enter final judgment where the plaintiff is seeking a ruling that . . .

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