Bankruptcy Appeals Panels Muddy Ch. 11 Landscape

Law360, New York (August 19, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT) -- While bankruptcy appellate panels were initially created to bring efficiency and consistency to the bankruptcy appeals process, these specialized courts have led to more confusion and headaches as the merits of pursuing cases in such venues remains in doubt, attorneys say.

Bankruptcy appellate panels first appeared in 1978, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit first establishing the specialist bench and the First, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth circuits following suit in 1994. The idea was to improve the administration of bankruptcy cases and...
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