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Recent Decisions Concerning the Reform Act of 2005

Mon, 07/03/2006 - 5:00am

In order to provide the bar with feedback on developments concerning the implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (“BAPCPA”), consumer bankruptcy practitioners should be aware of the following decisions recently rendered by the Court:

1. In re Fleming, C/A No. 06-00888-jw, slip op. (Bankr D.S.C. June 30, 2006) (determining whether termination of the automatic stay under 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)(A) prevents confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan).

2. In re Thomas, C/A No. 06-01961-dd, slip op. (Bankr D.S.C. June 28, 2006) (providing a detailed review, analysis, and application of 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3) and the good faith standard as recognized by the Court).

3. In re Jupiter-Part 1, C/A No. 06-00963-jw, slip op. (Bankr D.S.C. June 21, 2006) (addressing the extent by which the automatic stay terminates under 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)(A)).

4. In re Franklin, C/A No. 06-01730-hb, slip op. (Bankr D.S.C. June 12, 2006) (determining whether a case is “pending” for purposes of applying 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)).

5. In re Brown, C/A No. 06-00197-jw, slip op. (Bankr. D.S.C. Apr. 25, 2006) (determining the proper valuation standard to be utilized under 11 U.S.C. § 506 for purposes of redemption under 11 U.S.C. § 722)).

6. In re Cushman, C/A No. 05-44954-jw, slip op. (Bankr. D.S.C. Apr. 6, 2006) (defining the “applicable commitment period” referenced in 11 U.S.C. § 1325(b)).

7. In re Turner, C/A No. 05-45355-jw, slip op. (Bankr. D.S.C. Mar. 31, 2006) (determining the meaning and application of the flush language found after 11 U.S.C. § 1325(a)(9)).

Please make note of these opinions as they bear upon significant issues concerning the BAPCPA’s impact on consumer bankruptcy practice in this District.