Tag: UCC

Bankr. W.D.N.C.: In re Hudgins- Secured Status of Fixture versus Consumer Good

Summary:

Lendmark financed the purchase and installation of an HVAC unit for Ms. Hudgins’ home. All parties agreed that the HVAC unit was a “consumer good” as defined by N.C.G.S. § 25-9-102, that Lendmark held an automatically perfected purchase money security interest in the HVAC as chattel pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 25-9-309(1) and that Lendmark did not record a fixture filing.

The Trustee argued that without the fixture filing Lendmark’s security interest fell to the hypothetical judgment lien creditor status of bankruptcy estate under 11 U.S.C. § 544. Lendmark countered that its perfected lien against the HVAC as a consumer good was not lost when it became a fixture.… Read More

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Bankr. M.D.N.C.: In re Canuto- Sua Sponte Summary Judgment Denying Strip-Off based on Fixture Filing

Summary:

The Debtors sought to strip-off the lien held by PSNC Energy for a HVAC unit as wholly unsecured based on the value of the real property. Without any answer by PSNC, the Court sua sponte held that based on the record, consisting primarily of the Proof of Claim filed by PSNC, that A UCC-1 fixture filing had been recorded within 20 days of installation of the HVAC unit and was, pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 25-9-334(d), entitled to a first priority, perfected purchase money security interest in the HVAC.

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Bankr. M.D.N.C.: Clean Burn Fuels v. Purdue Bioenergy (In re Clean Burn Fuels)- UCC and Delivery of Goods; Parol Evidence Rule

Summary:

Clean Burn Fuels (CBF) operated a pant that converted corn supplied by Purdue Bionery (Purdue) into ethanol. The agreement between the parties provided that Purdue would retain ownership of the corn until it was delivered to CBF, defined as the when it passed over a weigh belt, the final stage before the conversion of the corn into ethanol began. The Trustee, however, contended that the agreement instead provided that the corn was delivered when it was received at CBF’s facility and placed in the storage bins leased by Purdue.

The bankruptcy court first found that pursuant to the Parol Evidence Rule, it could not consider any additional information outside of the agreement as to when the corn was delivered.… Read More

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Bankr. E.D.N.C.: In re Boone – Reasonable Notice under the UCC of Disposition of Repossessed Vehicle

Summary:

World Omni repossessed the Debtors’ vehicle and on August 30, 2010, received notice of its intent to sell the vehicle at private sale on or after September 9, 2010. The letter also informed the Debtors of their right to regain the vehicle by payment of the outstanding loan balance before September 9, 2010. The vehicle was sold on September 16, 2010, and, after the Debtors filed bankruptcy nearly a year later, World Omni filed a Proof of Claim for the deficiency. The Debtors objected to the claim on the basis that they were not given reasonable notice prior to World Omni’s disposition of its collateral.… Read More

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