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Fifty Years of JusticeA History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida$
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James M. Denham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060491

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060491.001.0001

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Bankruptcy in the Middle District, 1984–2000

Bankruptcy in the Middle District, 1984–2000

(p.256) 13 Bankruptcy in the Middle District, 1984–2000
Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses bankruptcy litigation in the Middle District of Florida from 1984 to 2000. Many of the bankruptcy practitioners, judges, and their cases are chronicled. The circumstances under which the former bankruptcy regime was overturned under the landmark bankruptcy law, Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act (1984) is discussed, as is Middle District Bankruptcy Judge Alexander Paskay’s role in formulating the new legislation. Judge Paskay’s pioneering role in shaping bankruptcy jurisprudence through many of his decisions is discussed. The struggles of the district to keep up with filings, given the various economic downturns (especially in light of Florida’s massive population growth) are chronicled. The chapter also addresses the increasing professionalism of the bankruptcy bar, the growing respectability of bankruptcy judges, and the accompanying greater complexity of bankruptcy litigation. The chapter also covers the addition of judges to the bankruptcy court during these years, along with their backgrounds. A number of the landmark bankruptcy cases in the district are addressed, such as the Walter Industries, Celotex, and Lykes Brothers rulings.

Keywords:   Northern Pipeline v. Marathon Pipeline (1982), Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act (1984), Alexander Paskay, George Proctor, Thomas Baynes, Chapter 7, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, L. Ralph Mecham, Celotex Corp. v. Catrett (1986)

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