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Ford v. Skorich (In re Skorich)

Appellee wife filed for divorce. Debtor husband filed a bankruptcy petition. The wife filed a motion with the bankruptcy court to obtain escrowed funds awarded to her in the divorce. Appellant trustee argued that the transfer to escrow agents was a preferential transfer avoidable under 11 U.S.C. § 547. The District Court for the District of New Hampshire held that the trustee could not avoid the transfer. The trustee appealed.
Ruling: 
Deposit of funds into escrow for benefit of debtor's former spouse pursuant to divorce decree was not a preferential transfer.
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Collins v. Great Atlantic Mortg. Corp. (In re Lazarus)

The District Court for the District of Massachusetts affirmed a bankruptcy court's entry of summary judgment in favor of creditor mortgagee in declining to set aside a mortgage on the ground that it constituted a preferential transfer pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 547(b) in debtor co-owner's bankruptcy case. The trustee appealed.
Ruling: 
Debtor's refinance with original mortgagee was preferential subject to possible applicability of 547(c) exceptions.
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