9th Circ. Won't Rule On Orders Keeping Trustees Onboard

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit said in a precedential ruling Thursday that it does not have jurisdiction to hear appeals of bankruptcy court orders denying requests to remove Chapter 11 trustees, saying such decisions are not final appealable orders.

While the Ninth Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over final orders of district courts that review bankruptcy decisions, the underlying order in the current case — which denied a request to jettison the trustee for bankrupt food processor SK Foods — is not final, the appeals court found.

“Although the...
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