Thoughts on the Law: Stay at the Crossroads – The Code of the Wild, Wild West?

By The Honorable John P. Gustafson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Ohio (Toledo)

There are two legal battles going on that may end up being dysfunctionally related….

1. What Happens If The Automatic Stay Is Not Extended In A “Second Case Pending Within One Year”?

A split of authority has been percolating since 2005, involving the all too common case, where a debtor with a second bankruptcy case pending within one year has failed to seek an extension of the automatic stay within the 30-day statutory time period. The issue that divides the . . .

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