9th Circuit BAP Opinion Allows For Stripping Wholly Unsecured Junior Liens in a Chapter 20

On June 9, 2015, the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel held that a Debtor not eligible for a Chapter 13 discharge may strip off a wholly unsecured lien through a Chapter 13 Plan. You can find the case here.

This is common practice in the Central District and I am happy the BAP went the right way. I was a little worried after reading their Wages where the Court held that the anti-modification provision under ยง1123(b)(5) applies to any loan secured only by real property that the debtor uses as a principal residence. When the law is ambiguous, why rule in favor of the bank! You can find that case here.

Questions the author has yet to consider:

So what happens in a Chapter 11? 1111(b)(1) says nonrecourse debts become recourse debts but it starts out with “A claim secured by a lien on property of the estate…”

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