Month: March 2015

Blake Trueblood Interviewed on Marijuana Legality in Indian Country

Blake Trueblood, was interviewed by KFI Radio on the topic of marijuana legality and economic development in Indian Country. The conversation centered around a recent Department of Justice memo stating that the Department would not stand in the way if Native American sovereign nations decided to grow marijuana on Tribal lands. In the interview, Mr. Trueblood stated that Tribes need to evaluate for themselves whether growing marijuana on their land is in their best economic and social interest. [...]

In Florida Bankruptcy Cases, Raise Claims or Lose Them

Florida Bankruptcy Cases In February, the 2nd Circuit handed down an interesting, unpublished Bankruptcy case, In re Residential Capital, LLC that demonstrates just how complicated the intersection between bankruptcy law, foreclosure law, and general civil litigation can get.  Like many Floridians, Stephanie Harris, an individual residing in Miami, Florida had some difficulty paying her mortgage around 2008. Eventually a mortgage foreclosure action was instituted against her by GMAC Mortgage ([...]

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Churches: Minneapolis Archdiocese Joins the List

We’ve said it before and we’re likely to say it again: bankruptcy is designed to provide individuals and businesses (whether for profit or non-profit) with a financial fresh start.  And when it comes to occasionally needing a fresh start, no one is immune.  Some of the countries largest companies have at one time or another filed for bankruptcy and even the Catholic Church has found itself in need of the protections offered by bankruptcy. Over the past eleven years, twelve dioceses have f[...]

Bankruptcy Effect on Divorce : No Love Lost

The bankruptcy effect on divorce It’s been said that two things can make ordinarily rationale individuals act crazy: love and money.  It is not surprising then that when bankruptcy and divorce are combined the results  can get, well, interesting.  Such was the case in Morales v. Giddens, an adversarial case arising from the  bankruptcy effect on divorce regarding Christopher Giddens.  Christopher Giddens and Marta Morales divorced in 2008 after ten years of marriage.  The two agreed to a[...]