This year's Bankruptcy Law Article surveys both opinions and recent legislation that will have an impact on the practice of bankruptcy law in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The decisions in this article come from the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts located in the Eleventh Circuit, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Courts located in the Eleventh Circuit. Throughout the survey period, January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, countless decisions related to bankruptcy law have been handed down by these courts; this article will focus on and address those decisions found in the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court that the authors feel will have the greatest impact on bankruptcy law.
Additionally, this year saw new bankruptcy legislation passed by Congress and enacted into law. This Article will discuss the most impactful of the new legislation: a new subchapter of Chapter 11 that establishes what many believe will be a quicker and more efficient process for qualifying small business debtors and their reorganization plans.
John T. Laney, III and Nicholas Greer, Bankruptcy, 2019 Eleventh Circuit Survey, 71 Mercer L. Rev. 937 (2020).