Limits of Bankruptcy Court Authority: A Reminder from the Eleventh Circuit

By James Davis, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Henry E. Hildebrand, III (Nashville, TN)

The Eleventh Circuit, in Wortley v. Bakst,1 recently offered a reminder of the potential inconvenience of bankruptcy courts’ limited adjudicatory powers. The allegations in the case were salacious—that a law firm hired a bankruptcy judge’s fiancé in a scheme to improperly influence court rulings. But the Eleventh Circuit did not end up expressing any view of these doings because the appeal foundered on procedural grounds.

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