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Providence Hall Assocs. L.P. v. Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Ruling: 
Debtor could not challenge the validity of obligations to bank that were affirmed in trustees motions for sale.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on March 11,2016, LexisNexis #0416-009

Wolff v. United States IRS (In re FirstPay Inc.)

Ruling: 
Trustee could not recover funds transferred by debtor payroll processing firm to the IRS.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 12,2014, LexisNexis #0115-020

National Heritage Found. Inc. v. Highbourne Found.

Ruling: 
Plan should not have been confirmed with provision for release of debtor's officers and directors.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 27,2014, LexisNexis #0714-135

Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Servs. (In re Construction Supervision Servs.)

Ruling: 
Liens that arose upon subcontractor's prepetition delivery of materials were interests in debtor's property, even though not perfected on petition date.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on May 22,2014, LexisNexis #0614-043

Behrmann v. Natl Heritage Found. Inc.

A bankruptcy court approved release provisions as to appellee debtor's officers and directors and confirmed a chapter 11 Plan. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia affirmed. Appellant creditors were denied stays and appealed, arguing the Plan was not proposed in good faith as required by 11 U.S.C.S. § 1129(a)(3), and 11 U.S.C.S. § 524(e), as to discharges for third parties foreclosed approval of the release provisions.
Ruling: 
Affirmation of plan confirmation vacated due to third party release provisions absent supporting factual findings by bankruptcy court.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 09,2011, LexisNexis #0112-029

Matson v. Alarcon

Appellee claimants sought priority treatment under 11 U.S.C.S. § 507(a)(4) in a debtor's bankruptcy case for claims for severance compensation. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Richmond, overruled appellant trustee's objections to priority treatment of the claims. The trustee's appeal was certified to the court of appeals.
Ruling: 
Severance compensation claim was entitled to administrative expense status.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on July 06,2011, LexisNexis #0711-113

Hutson v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (In re National Gas Distribs. LLC)

Plaintiff trustee commenced adversary proceedings by filing complaints to avoid numerous natural gas supply contracts entered into during the year before a bankruptcy petition was filed. Defendant customers moved to dismiss the complaints or alternatively for summary judgment. The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina denied the motions. The customers were granted permission to file an interlocutory appeal.
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy court erred in holding that "commodity forward agreements" must be traded in a financial market and not involve physical delivery of the commodity.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 11,2009, LexisNexis #0309-071

Bosiger v. US Airways Inc.

After defendant airline's emergence from its second bankruptcy, plaintiff, a retired pilot, filed an action, alleging that the airline improperly terminated his pension benefits during the airline's first bankruptcy. The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the pilot's claim because the pilot failed to file a proof of claim during the airline's second bankruptcy. The pilot appealed.
Ruling: 
Pilot's claim for improper termination of pension benefits in debtor's first bankruptcy dismissed due to failure to file proof of claim in second bankruptcy.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 14,2007, LexisNexis #0108-067