In re Odell

(6th Cir. B.A.P. Jan. 30, 2018)

The Sixth Circuit B.A.P. dismisses the appeal as moot. The debtor claimed an exemption in her real property that was greater than its value. The mortgagee obtained stay relief to foreclose on the debtor’s real property, and the debtor appealed. The court holds that because the exemption amount exceeded the value of the property, the property was no longer property of the estate and thus not subject to the automatic stay. Even if the court were to reverse the bankruptcy court’s stay relief order, the outcome would be the same. Opinion below.

Judge: Preston

Debtor: Pro Se

Attorney for Creditor: Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss, Joel K. Jensen

2018-01-30 – in re odell

Author: Matt Lindblom

The Village at Knapp’s Crossing, LLC v. Pioneer Ventures, LLC (In re The Village at Knapp’s Crossing)

(6th Cir. Jan. 8, 2016)

The Sixth Circuit affirms the B.A.P.’s decision dismissing the appeal for mootness. The debtor appealed an order converting its case from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 but did not seek or obtain a stay of the conversion order. The bankruptcy court then authorized a sale of the debtor’s primary asset, which was necessary to any Chapter 11 plan. Because there is no mechanism to unwind the sale or bring the property back into the estate, the appeal is now moot. Opinion below.

2016-01-08 – village at knapps crossing v pioneer ventures

Author: Matt Lindblom