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Significant Amendments to Washington Homestead Exemption Signed Into Law
On May 12, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 5408, enacting a significant increase in Washington’s homestead exemption. The legislation includes other important revisions addressing the treatment of homestead appreciation during a bankruptcy and th...
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HB 2009 Moves to Senate Floor
Earlier this afternoon, the Oregon Senate Committee on Housing and Development voted 3-2 to advance House Bill 2009 (HB 2009) out of Committee and to the Senate floor for a final vote on the Bill. Prior to advancing HB 2009, the Committee adopted an...
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Oregon Governor Issues Executive Order Related to Foreclosure Moratorium
On December 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order related to Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium (HB 4204). Under Executive Order 20-67 (EO 20-67), Governor Brown determined that a state of emergency continues to exists in the State of...
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United States Supreme Court Holds “Mere Retention” of Bankruptcy Estate Property Does Not Violate the Automatic Stay
On January 14, 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in City of Chicago v. Fulton, addressing whether the “mere retention” of bankruptcy estate property constituted an act to “exercise control over property of the estate” in violat...
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Expanded Bankruptcy Subchapter V Eligibility for Small Business Debtors Extended for Another Year
On March 27, 2021, the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act of 2021 was signed into law. This legislation extends the increased debt limit for small businesses to be eligible to reorganize under subchapter V of the Bankruptcy Code. While the incr...
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HB 2009 Moves to Floor Vote
On March 24, 2021, the Oregon House Committee on Banking and Labor voted to advance House Bill 2009 (HB 2009) to a floor vote. As detailed in our prior write-up of the Bill, HB 2009 would extend Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium for certain loans throu...
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