In re Snowden

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Feb. 12, 2016)

The bankruptcy court overrules the creditor’s objection to confirmation of the debtors’ chapter 13 plan. The creditor argued that its secured claim could not be modified pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1322(b). The collateral real property consisted of five parcels of real property that were contiguous, except for one intervening lot also owned by the debtors. That fact, along with the fact that the debtors purchased the parcels at separate times from different sellers, supported a finding that the lots were not solely the debtor’s principal residence. Thus, the anti-modification provision of § 1322(b) does not apply. Opinion below.

2016-02-12 – in re snowden

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Travers

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Nov. 18, 2015)

The bankruptcy court rejects the creditor’s argument that its wholly underwater lien on the Chapter 13 debtors’ residence cannot be avoided based on § 1322(b)(2). The creditor argued that the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett mandates that result, despite the fact that prior Sixth Circuit precedent makes clear that a Chapter 13 debtor may strip off such a lien. The court holds that Caulkett does not apply and it is required to comply with the prior Sixth Circuit precedent because it has not been overruled. Opinion below.

2015-11-16 – in re travers

Author: Matt Lindblom