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Rucker Retires

Judge Shelley D. Rucker of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee retired.

In the “Oh My” CategoryTownson v. Kakol (In re Day) - Among the major issues in this case is whether an attorney violated the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct regarding conflicts of interest and limitations on representation by accepting his fee from a prospective home purchaser to file a skeletal Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition for an elderly debtor to invoke the automatic stay to stop a foreclosure - and then do nothing else so that the case could be quickly dismissed - for the sole purpose of buying time so the purchaser, who also selected the debtor's attorney, could acquire the debtor's home at a fire sale price, which would have cost the debtor substantial equity, and which home the debtor really did not want to sell? The answer to that question is yes, those Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct were violated by the attorney's conduct on the facts of this case.

M.D. NC - Review proposed amendments to the form Chapter 13 Plan – comment by 5/8/24.

W.D. TN - Comments sought regarding the reappointment of the Hon. Jennie D. Latta. Link to full public notice

M.D. AL - New rules are available here.  New forms are available here.  There is also a list of changes broken down by rule and a list of all motions that can be filed by negative notice.

W. and E. D. MIMichigan Court Rule 2.421 regarding Notices of Bankruptcy Proceedings takes effect on 5/1/24.

New Bankruptcy Judge Selected

Alfredo Perez, formerly of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been selected as the new judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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