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Tag Archives: Stern v. Marshall

Narrow Means Narrow

Posted in Bankruptcy
On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif—another case addressing issues raised in the wake of the Court’s “narrow” Stern v. Marshall decision. While the case clarified some of the jurisdictional issues raised by litigants post-Stern, many issues remain and each Justice seems more… Continue Reading

Third Time’s the Charm: Supreme Court May Finally Clarify Bankruptcy Courts’ Power

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On January 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in Wellness International Network, Limited v. Sharif, a case that gives SCOTUS the opportunity to finally clarify the constitutional limits of bankruptcy courts’ decision-making power raised by its 2011 decision in Stern v. Marshall. But as we saw with last year’s… Continue Reading

Circuit Split Deepens in Wake of Arkison

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As we previously discussed, the Supreme Court’s decision in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, dodged the question of whether litigants can consent to final adjudication of “Stern problem” claims by a bankruptcy court. Two recent decisions in the Fifth and Ninth Circuit have revealed the scope of the uncertainty left in Arkison’s wake and… Continue Reading

Arkison: A Supreme Dodge

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On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison—a case that was expected to answer fundamental questions about the constitutional limits of bankruptcy courts.  The case had the potential to either dramatically reshape, or strongly reaffirm existing fraudulent transfer litigation law and practice.  Instead, in a… Continue Reading

Carney v. CitiMortgage, Inc. — Not Everything is a Stern Problem

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Since the Supreme Court of the United States shook up the bankruptcy litigation world with its decision in Stern v. Marshall, bankruptcy practitioners have been finding “Stern problems” everywhere they look.  A straightforward decision in Carney v. CitiMortgage, Inc., however, reminds us that, as broad as Stern may be, bankruptcy courts retain full authority to… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Appears Ready to Limit Bankruptcy Court Power in Fraudulent Transfer Actions

Posted in Bankruptcy Courts
After January 14’s oral argument in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, the big question appears to be not whether the Supreme Court will scale back bankruptcy court power over fraudulent transfer actions, but how drastic the new limitations will be.  Our previous discussions of Arkison appear here and here. Background The facts of Arkison are… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Will Hear Argument on Bankruptcy Court Authority in Fraudulent Transfer Litigation on January 14, 2014

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As we discussed in a recent post on Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, the United States Supreme Court is preparing to address the constitutional limits on bankruptcy court authority in fraudulent transfer litigation. In granting certiorari in Arkison, the Supreme Court agreed to consider two questions: Can a bankruptcy court issue proposed findings of fact… Continue Reading