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Roth IRAs, Like Traditional IRAs, Are Excluded from a Georgia Debtor’s Bankruptcy Estate

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit held that Roth IRAs are excluded from Georgia debtors’ bankruptcy estates under the Bankruptcy Code and Georgia’s garnishment statute. In Hoffman v. Signature Bank of Georgia (In re Hoffman), 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 2119 (11th Cir. Jan. 24, 2022), the court reversed the district court’s affirmance of the bankruptcy court’s order...

Court Rejects Creditors’ Due Process Challenge to Release of Bankrupt Debtor’s Affiliates

In Jackson v. Le Centre on Fourth, LLC (In re Le Centre on Fourth, LLC), 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 33845 (11th Cir. Nov. 15, 2021), the Eleventh Circuit rejected creditors’ due process challenge to the release afforded to the debtor’s affiliates in a confirmed Chapter 11 plan. The creditors were plaintiffs in a tort suit filed after Willie Jackson was struck and injured by a vehicle driven...

Credit Reporting Agency’s Procedures and Investigation to Ensure FCRA Accurate Reporting Not Reasonable Enough for Summary Judgment

In Losch v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, 2021 WL 1653016 (11th Cir. Apr. 28, 2021), the Eleventh Circuit considered whether the defendant Experian violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s requirements that a credit-reporting agency employ “reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy of the information concerning the individual” when preparing credit reports, 15 U.S.C. §...

Bankruptcy Preemption/Preclusion Defense Does Not Preclude Class Certification in FDCPA/FCCPA Case

In an opinion vacating a district court order denying class certification, the Eleventh Circuit held that whether the Bankruptcy Code precludes and/or preempts the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1962 et seq., and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”), Fla. Stat. § 559.55 et seq., raised issues common to all class members.  Sellers v....

Florida Exemption Does Not Shield Improperly Maintained IRA from Creditors

An IRA owner could not rely on a Florida exemption to shield his IRA account from creditors after engaging in prohibited acts of self-dealing with his IRA funds, the Eleventh Circuit held in Yerian v. Webber, 2019 WL 2610751 (11th Cir. June 26, 2019). The IRA owner, Keith Yerian, opened a self-directed IRA. The IRA was governed by two contracts. One of the contracts required Yerian to...

Denial of Daubert Motion and Dismissal of Fraudulent Transfer Claim Affirmed

In O’Halloran v. Harris Corp. (In re Teltronics, Inc.), 2018 WL 4700578 (11th Cir. Oct. 2, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court judgment affirming a bankruptcy court order dismissing a fraudulent conveyance claim.  The alleged fraudulent conveyance was the debtor’s transfer of a “blocking right” and right of first refusal under a patent transfer agreement, but the...

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